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CHELSEA – Courtois; Zouma, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Ake, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

MANCHESTER CITY –  Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Kompany (c), Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero.

Subs: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Sterling, Nolito

Manager: Pep Guardiola



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Team News


Victor Moses is still on doubt after missing Crystal Palace clash for a toe injury

Pedro can replace him like in the last game

– Eden Hazard played against Palace following a calf injury which saw him miss international duty with Belgium, while David Luiz is still managing a knee injury sustained against City in December.

– Chelsea haven’t lost back-to-back Premier League games at Stamford Bridge since November 2011, when Andre Villas-Boas‘ side were defeated by Arsenal and then Liverpool

– Chelsea have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league games, after recording 10 shut-outs in the previous 12 matches.

Bacary Sagna is out for at least another couple of weeks

Pablo Zabaleta is recovered after picking up a minor injury last week

Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus are long-time absentess after serious injuries

– Manchester City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April, claiming their biggest victory away to Chelsea since 1978, when Ron Futcher scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.


Possible Line-Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz; Pedro, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa.

MANCHESTER CITY – Caballero; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Sterling, De Bruyne; Sane, Silva, Agüero.


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Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola hailed ‘superb’ Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ahead of Citizens’ trip to Stamford Bridge.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said: “My opinion about my colleague Conte is that he’s superb, maybe he’s the best. How he was able to make Italy play beautiful football, Juventus too, in a culture where it’s so defensive”.

“He’s an excellent manager. I learn a lot when I see his teams – Juventus, Italy and now. Their teams control a lot of aspects. It’s a good lesson for me to see his teams and learn.”

When asked about Conte’s first season in Premier League, the Spaniard said: “In my case I had to win the treble and change English football. Expectations were quite high, that’s why I’m going to fall short. Definitely, I cannot have success this season”.

“I knew from the beginning they’d have a good season. They started the season so-so but after that they settled the way they want to play and the fact they have a week to work on many things helps a lot. It’s a big advantage if you have time.

Guardiola added: “I think a lot of games we’ve played a lot of good football – I didn’t expect that high level – but then also we were not solid.”​

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Ex Chelsea player Marcel Desailly gave his opinion about Pep Guardiola’s work at Manchester City before their visit to Stamford Bridge tomorrow night.

There were great expectations about the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s season with Citizens, but with a current fourth place, those expectations weren’t fulfilled at the moment:

“He is doing okay, and we are expecting more,” Desailly said.

“He took a team where he did not pick the players, some of them definitely will go at the end of the season for him to bring in his system and philosophy.

“He is doing okay, he is doing what a coach has to do.”

A win over Chelsea in tomorrow night clash would push Manchester City above Liverpool and into the third place but, above all, will re-open the tile race again:

“The expectation is quite high for that first season from him, we expect him straight away to win.

“But it is tough. It’s Premier League, Champions League also is quite difficult, so actually they are present in all the competition but they are not doing super well as we were expecting.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that he will be without Bacary Sagna in the match against Chelsea tomorrow night but revealed that Pablo Zabaleta is recovered after suffering  a minor injury last week:

“Bacary is out two or three weeks more,” Guardiola told reporters.

“Pablo is okay.

The Spanish coach also said that Gabriel Jesus, who broke his foot in February and was set to miss the rest of the season, could recover for the last games of the campaign:

“Yesterday is the first day he started to go to the pitch to run and walk.

“I don’t know exactly how many weeks he needs to come back but I think he is at the end of the part of his process to come back so we will see.

“Hopefully he can help us in the games at the end of the season.”

Speaking about the title race and the Champions League race, he said:

“Yeah it is so important for all 6 teams to qualify for the Champions League.

“To be in Europe is so important. In financial terms and in prestige.

“Chelsea deserve to be where they are. They won an amount of points and winning an amount of games in a row.

“It is another game, nine left, we have to take points as much as possible and after we will see.”

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spoke after his side’s away draw against Arsenal today.

“We want to win, but we were not able to make a perfect performance, – Guardiola told Sky Sports – Still there are a lot of games, nine games to play, but it’s now so difficult to be in front”.

“Yesterday Chelsea lost, and we were not able to win. For Arsenal it is the same. It’s game-by-game”.

About the title race, Guardiola added: “Anything can happen. We know what we have to do against Chelsea [on Wednesday]. We head back to Manchester to prepare and then back down to London.”

Arsenal bounced back twice after Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero scored for Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.


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Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and manager Antonio Conte is aware of the strength of Pep Guardiola’s team.

Speaking about the next game, Conte said: “We have to play on Wednesday against Man City and we all know the strength of their team, but for now the most important thing is to rest and recover well. We must prepare in the right way”.

Then Conte added: “Every game will be very tough from now until the end, whether the opponent is Man City or a team fighting near the relegation zone”.

The title race is not over yet after Chelsea loss to Crystal Palace today, as Conte himself underlined: “For you [the media] it’s a good result because it makes the championship more interesting, but I always said the league is finished when mathematically you have won it, otherwise you must play every game to try to win because in England there are no easy matches.’

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Barcelona star Neymar admits he would love to play in the Premier League.

The Brazilian striker revealed huge respect for some of the English top clubs and hinted he would like to join one of them:

“It’s a championship that surprises me,” he said at a PokerStars event.

“I like the playing style and the teams.”

Recente rumours claimed that Manchester United and José Mourinho were really keen on the Brazilian international and Neymar included the Red Devils among his favourite Premier League sides, as well as Chelsea and a couple more:

“I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool: these are the teams that are always fighting for the title.

“And then you have top-level coaches like Mourinho and  Guardiola. These are coaches any player would like to play for.

“Who knows? I’d like to play there.”


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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola won February’s Premier League Manager of the Month award and joked that Antonio Conte‘s cupboard was full enough to find space for another trophy.

The Citizens boss said after winning the award: “I think Conte’s cupboard is full enough and they couldn’t fit any more in, so they decided to give it to somebody else!”

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was named three times in a row Manager of the Month (in November, December and January) but Guardiola beat the Italian boss this month.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke before tomorrow’s clash against Arsenal: the two teams arrives with a different spirit to this really important derby, with the Gunners coming from a home defeat with Watford and nine points under Chelsea in the table, where they sit third with 47 points along with Spurs, and the Blues coming from a good draw with Liverpool away, still leaders with 56 points:

“For sure the result was good but honestly at the end we were a bit disappointed,” the Italian boss said about the recent game against the Reds.

“It´s not easy to get a result in Anfield against a really good team like Liverpool.”

“Arsenal is a great team, for sure they have the chance to fight for the title until the end, now Liverpool game is gone and now it´s important to be focused only on the next game.”

Continuing to speak about tomorrow’s derby, he said:

We must pay great attention because they are a great team, it will be a very tough game.

“We are nine points clear, but if we lose tomorrow the points are six, we are playing good football, with good intensity. Tomorrow we have a great opportunity to show this.”

Asked if something changes with Wenger on the stands for a four-match-ban, Conte replied:

“I don´t know, I cannot reply this question because for sure I prefer to stay in the touchline to push my players and help them in the key moments of the gas, for me it´s very important and I don´t know about the others.”

According to some rumours, Diego Costa continues to receive offers from China, where the transfer window is still open, and many football and market experts reckon the Spaniard can move to Chinese Super League next summer:

“I don´t know, every week I have a lot of news and speculations about Diego, now the important thing is to be focused in this title race. Diego now is with us, summer is far, and it´s important to be prepared for this title race.

Speaking about the possible signing two Celtic players, Moussa Dembele and Ryan Gordon, who eventually stayed at the Glasgow side, Conte said:

“I’ve never talked with my club about Dembele, we tried [to sign] Gordon because we tried to satisfy Begovic and his requests, he wanted to play every game, but I told him he could leave only if we could find a substitute: Gordon was one of the goalkeepers in our list, we tried but when Celtic told us they couldn’t sell him, it was over.”

“During this transfer window we signed three young players: Ake, Kenedy and Musonda.

Ake played very well for one year and half in the league, I think now he´s more mature, he can improve with us and help us until the end of the season, the others are two young players but with good quality.”

Asked about Frank Lampard‘s decision to retire from football, Conte claimed:

“It´s a pity when a great player as Frank Lampard decides to end his career, because you lose a fantastic player, the whole world of football is disappointed when a player like him finishes his career, he played thirteen years for Chelsea, he gave a lot to this team, he played more than 100 times for the national team, but every player knows when it’s the right moment to finish his career. I have a lot of respect for him and what he did.”

About Lampard’s future, the Blues boss said:

“I don’t know his thoughts, it’s important to take a bit of time to make the best decision for you. I think Frank Lampard can decide what is the best decision for him.”

Continuing to speak about the game against Arsenal he said:

“I think if we win the game tomorrow for sure is a good hit for us because to improve your situation in the table, take three points and have a 12 points gap from Arsenal is very good. But tomorrow will be a tough game, we have to pay a lot of attention, Arsenal already beat us and it’s possible to repeat this, so we have to have max concentration, to have the same anger and most important of all we have to look at ourselves, not the others, like I always say to my players.

“I watched the game against Watford and sometimes the results don’t say the truth: I think they were a little unlucky, they had many chances to score, I think they are in a good shape, in a good form, the result is strange.

Conte changed his tactical system during the game with Arsenal at Emirates, a decision than then paid, since Chelsea were almost unbeatable after that defeat and had an incredible run of 13 wins in a row:

“It’s not simple, we know all the work we did in the past and what we are doing now, during the game against Arsenal, after ten minutes, I decided to change our system, because in my mind it was possible, we were seven points from Manchester City in that moment and what happened showed a situation can change very quickly and after twenty games the situation is very different, there are fifteen games and now we have to pay great attention.”

Conte was at London Stadium the other night to watch West Ham v Man City, with the Guardiola side beating the Hammers 4-0 still having Agüero on the bench and with a super Gabriel Jesus:

“When I have the chance I like to go to stadia to watch future opponents, I saw a really good team, but we all know Man City’s potential. I think the strange thing is their current situation, I think they have a great squad, a lot of fantastic players in the team, they played very well, Gabriel Jesus and Sterling played very well, all the team played very well. I am not so sure the league is finished, I know that we must pay great attention, there are 15 games to play and I think we must keep the right tension.

“We have to keep our attention very high, I have experience in this, I want to keep our concentration very high, we know that behind us we have a lot of great teams.”


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