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Manchester City players Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will face a three and four-game bans, respectively,  the FA has confirmed.

The Argentine striker was sent off after a horror tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz, while the Brazilian midfielder was shown red following an altercation with Cesc Fabregas.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended Fernandinho, while remained coy about the decision on whether to start Aguero or not against Celtic in Champions League tomorrow night.

“There will be changes tomorrow, definitely,” he said. “I am so happy to give minutes to people who deserve to play and who did not play in the last games. 

“If Sergio is going to play or not, I am going to decide today or tomorrow. I don’t know at the moment.”

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola analysed his team’s defeat against Chelsea.

First of all, he gave his opinion about Aguero’s horrible challenge on David Luiz in the injury time:

“It was not intentional, I don’t think so. If it’s a red card, it’s a red card. We accept that,” Guardiola said in his post-match press conference.

It’s a pity it finished like this. It’s the way the referee decided but it’s a pity. I don’t like that, I apologise for what happened. Fernandinho went to defend his team-mate.”

“We didn’t win because we missed a lot of chances, not because of the referee. Never in seven years have I blamed that referee,”

“My team have to be proud of what they did and the way they tried to play. In the box we are not strong enough. We arrive in the box and don’t score, the opponents arrive and they do score.”

 

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Chelsea winger Pedro spoke ahead of the clash against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

The Spaniard, who has been recently named for the Goal of the Month prize, told the club’s official website: “It’s good to be nominated for the awards but it’s not just me, the team are all in good form and full of confidence,”

“I’m working well with my team-mates and just looking to help the side by doing my best and scoring goals”.

“It was a beautiful goal against Tottenham and it came at the right moment in the game for us, it was very important for us to score before half-time”.

“It was a very tough game and in a derby it’s always good for the team to get a win, especially after going 1-0 down. We want to continue to play with this mentality and take it game by game. We are top of the league right now so that’s very good for the confidence of the team.”

Then Pedro added: “It’s very good to react well when you need to. Against Tottenham we started to press higher up the pitch and scored the winning goal in the second half: the team are performing well in every game, we are all working for each other, which is really important”.

About the team: “I feel very comfortable in the team. With Antonio we are working very hard and planning for the matches during the week. Now we face a very difficult game against Man City, it’s an important challenge for the team. We want to stay top but of course it will be difficult.”

About Moses: “Victor is playing very well, he’s on fire and performing well in every game,’ he adds. ‘In the last few matches he’s been our best player and it’s a pleasure for me to play with him on the right-hand side. He’s very compact, really strong and he has a lot of skill, he’s a complete player.”

About Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “My relationship with him is very good, he’s a very important person in terms of my career from our time at Barcelona. He was a very good coach for me”.

“He has very good ideas, he likes to press high and play from side to side, with people in between the lines looking to score goals. He’s a very good coach, they are a strong team and it will be a difficult game for us.”

Chelsea are set to face the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium today, and Pedro is confident that his side can earn another crucial win.

“I think he will probably tell them to press us high and make it difficult for us to play. He will want them to move the ball very quickly and look to create chances. It’s a tough game but we are doing very well, it’s a good moment for us and a good time to play this game”.

“It would be a big step for us if we can go four points clear of Man City. It would be very important for our confidence, It’s a big test for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

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Ivanovic, Aguero and Fabregas challenging for the ball in last year game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City

– No fresh injuries concerns for Pep Guardiola

– Captain Vincent Kompany is the only notable absentee after being ruled for about another month with a knee injury.

– Midfielder Fabian Delph has not played since August but is training and nearing a return after a groin operation.

 

Chelsea 

– Only John Terry will be absent for a muscular injury in his gluteus that will rule him out for another couple of weeks

Antonio Conte will probably line up the same starting formation for the seventh consecutive game

– The Italian manager said two players were a doubt before travelling to Manchester but didn’t want to reveal their names

 

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MANCHESTER CITY - Bravo, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Sterling, De Bruyne, Nolito, Aguero.

 

CHELSEA - Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard.

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Antonio Conte and Chelsea when meeting the press ahead of tomorrow’s clash against the Blues:

Conte one of the best coaches in the world right now,” said the Spaniard.

“It is the first time we are going to face each other. It’s good to play against him.

“He made an exceptional job in Turin and in the Italian national team. It doesn’t matter if it is Serie A or the national team, you realise his strengths.”

Going on about Conte’s job at Chelsea, he said:

He has started here with maybe not good results, but they have won last seven games, conceding one goal. That says a lot about how good they are.

“They were contenders to win the Premier League from the beginning. Now, maybe more than before. It’s a good test for us.”

“When they have the ball, they play like a 3-4-3,” he said.

“They defend with many players behind the ball.

“They have conceded just one goal. They are doing well. When I was at Munich, a lot of teams play with four or five at the back, closing the space down in the middle. They allow you to cross the ball from wide because they have five players in the box.”

Guardiola claimed there are no fresh injuries ahead of the game and also revealed he gave his players Monday and Tuesday off because they had their first free midweek of the season.

He and his players are also sleeping at their training complex tonight because the game is a 12.30 kick-off.

“We were 11, 12, 13 days with a day off. In training, the players like to play every day,” the ex Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss stated.

“We don’t give a day off to the players when you have a lot of games in a row. That’s why they had two days off and we were training for three days to prepare for Chelsea.

“We all like to play football, that’s why we’re here, but sometimes you have four, five or six months, playing, playing, playing, so not playing one week is good, not only for the players, the staff to see their families.

“Tomorrow we play early, so we will sleep here. Today I decided to go to the Etihad before the game, but not for a special thing.”

 

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Antonio Conte revealed he got lots of respect for tomorrow’s rival coach, Pep Guardiola that, like him, is impressing in his first season in the Premier League.

Manchester City sit second in the table with 30 points, just 1 behind the leaders, Chelsea, and tomorrow’s game will tell us more about the maturity of both teams:

“I’ve never played against Pep,” Conte started.

“I’ve got a great respect for him, I study football and he’s a fantastic manager, he’s doing a fantastic work with Man City and when you see the team you can recognize his football idea, his style.

“Guardiola is a doing a great job, I think he found a good situation in Manchester City, two director worked with him in Barcelona, so he found the right situation to express his idea of football very quickly, when I see them playing I see an idea of football, I like this, for me Pep is doing a great job.

“I don’t remember if we played against each other when Pep was in Italy,Conte revealed.

“As a player he was more like a pivot, I was more offensive, with penetration, I was running more, but he was thinking more, I think we were two players that won a lot and also lost a lot.

“I think every team got their own characteristics, my idea, for instance, it’s more to go straight to the goal, I am not one fond of possession, but there are many ideas to play and I respect the idea of every manager. “

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Chelsea players celebrating Diego Costa's goal against Everton © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of top of the league clash against Manchester City, that will be played tomorrow at the Etihad.

The Italian coach was asked first if there are injury news:

“Not at the moment, we have to check the physical condition of a couple of players, I prefer to keep their names secret.”

Changes to the starting XI?

“I think these players deserve to play and start, I can change but I am pleased about like the players are performing, there is the right atmosphere in the squad.

“Tomorrow it’s a really tough game, it’s a great test for us, for our team, we know that it won’t be easy, because we face a really great team, that play good football, good organization, tomorrow it’s another step to show us if something is changing since the start of the season.

“It’s one of the big games of the season, we’ve already played Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal but in this league every game is a big game, this league is very tough, it’s fantastic to play games like this, I’m looking forward for it.

Asked if he’s ever played against Guardiola he said:

“I’ve never played against Pep, I’ve got a great respect for him, I study football and he’s a fantastic manager, he’s doing a fantastic work with Man City and when you see the team you can recognize his football idea, his style.

Conte was then asked if he thought that Chelsea offloaded De Bruyne too quickly, but the Italian manager dribbled the question really easily:

De Bruyne played for Chelsea but now he is at Manchester City: he is a fantastic player, I wish the best for him, after this game, of course.

Gareth Southgate was unveiled as the new permanent England coach and Chelsea coach Steve Holland appears in his staff, since he’s been working with Southgate for years also in England youth national teams.

This situation can change Holland’s future, since the English coach could interrupt his contract with Chelsea:

Steve Holland is one of my assistant coaches and he’s working very well,” Conte said about him.

“He’s been working for the club for many years, I am happy for his commitment and work, he is helping me a lot, then I don’t know his future.

“If I spoke to him? I speak with him every day [he joked] every day we speak about tactical situations.”

Chelsea were outplayed by Spurs in last Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge and Conte was asked if he was worried about that first half in the derby:

“The first half [against Spurs] was really difficult, we studied a lot that first half, I showed the players the situations to improve in the future, but it’s important also to not forget Tottenham are a top team, with a great manager and a great squad, they were second in the last league and now they are 7 points behind, so this a great achievement for us. I showed the first half and we learnt a lot about it, if we played them in the same time we played Liverpool or Arsenal we would have lost that game for sure.

Diego Costa is back at his top form: in this season he’s already scored 10 goals and gave 4 assists in 13 appearances:

“I’m pleased for Diego Costa, because he shows great passion, this moment is fantastic for him, for his team-mates, it’s also important to speak positive about him, I think he plays very well and his attitude and behavior are fantastic.

Chelsea conceded a goal after six consecutive clean sheets only in last match against Tottenham:

“We conceded a goal in the last game but we didn’t concede a chance to score another goal, we have to continue this way, to be solid, tomorrow it’s an important test for our solidity.

Conte also commented the kind of work Pep Guardiola is doing at Manchester City:

“Guardiola is a doing a great job, I think he found a good situation in Manchester City, two director worked with him in Barcelona, so he found the right situation to express his idea of football very quickly, when I see them playing I see an idea of football, I like this, for me Pep is doing a great job.

“I don’t remember if we played against each other when Pep was in Italy,” Conte revealed.

“As a player he was more like a pivot, I was more offensive, with penetration, I was running more, but he was thinking more, I think we were two players that won a lot and also lost a lot.

“I think every team got their own characteristics, my idea, for instance, it’s more to go straight to the goal, I am not a coach fond of possession, but there are many ideas to play and I respect the idea of every manager. “

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Liverpool legend and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher previewed Saturday’s top of the league clash between Manchester City and Chelsea.

The ex defender is sure Guardiola will try to find a way to stop the Blues, who are in a seven wins in a row run:

“It’s a big test as Chelsea are the in-form team at this moment, there’s no doubt about that but they’re going to the Etihad and City are very strong at home,”  Carragher said.

“I think Pep Guardiola will be desperate to get one over on Chelsea and the system and set-up that they are using because he’s been the manager who, when he has come in, we’ve been talking about systems and doing different things.”

“But it’s now Antonio Conte who has done something, not that we didn’t expect it because he has done it before, but is different to what we’ve seen. I’m sure Guardiola will have something up his sleeve and will do something a little bit different.

“I think it will be a fascinating game to look at tactically with what the two mangers try and do. It’s a real big test for both managers and teams of course, but certainly for this Chelsea system.”

 

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is looking for a midfielder to revamp his squad, concerned by a lack of creativity in that area of the field.

He individuated one name in Chelsea roster, a player that he knows really, having worked with him at Barcelona: Cesc Fabregas.

Fabregas went back to his childhood club in summer 2011 in a £ 40m move from Arsenal, where he transferred when he was just 16 from the Catalan club.

After a great first year at Blaugrana under Guardiola the relationship between the two kind of fell out: the Spanish coach left the club, anyway, in June 2012 and Fabregas moved to Chelsea a couple of years later.

But now Guadiola is ready to bet everything on Fabregas again: a £ 20m offer is ready to bring him to City.

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Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been linked with a move to Chelsea last summer and Antonio Conte is said to be a huge fan of the 29-year-old.

Anyway, Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano, speaking after his side’s 4-0 defeat to Barcelona last night, told Spanish radio RAC 1: “At the moment, there are a lot of players that want to play under Pep.

“The Italian central defender Bonucci wanted to play for him [Guardiola] and he called us.

“So I called the Juventus sporting director [Fabio Paratici], and he told me they didn’t want to sell. End of story.”

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