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Graham Potter makes two changes to the Chelsea side that drew at Nottingham Forest on Sunday. The more mobile Mateo Kovacic replaces Jorginho in midfield, and Hakim Ziyech is in for Mason Mount, who suffered a knock in training. Not sure what that means tactically; we’ll find out at 8pm.

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Pep Guardiola picks a more grown-up City side, with Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden replacing Rico Lewis, Manuel Akanji, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish.

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Chelsea (possible 4-2-2-2) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Cucurella; Zakaria, Kovacic; Ziyech, Pulisic; Havertz, Sterling.
Substitutes: Bettinelli, Jorginho, Aubameyang, Chalobah, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Humphreys, Hutchinson, Hall.

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Manchester City (4-1-2-3) Ederson; Walker, Stones, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri; De Bruyne, Gundogan; Bernardo, Haaland, Foden.
Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Grealish, Alvarez, Gomez, Akanji, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis.

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Referee Paul Tierney.

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We know it’s coming, or at least we think we do. All four of Pep Guardiola’s title-winning seasons at Manchester City have included terrifying winning runs to either burn off or reel in their rivals: They won 18 consecutive Premier League games in 2017-18, 14 in 2018-19 – when they had no margin for a draw, never mind a defeat – 15 in 2020-21 and 12 last season. The streaks in 2017-18 and 2020-21 included statement victories at Stamford Bridge, and they’d love another tonight.

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Everyone expects City to go on another run, and this would be a good time to start. They are eight points behind Arsenal, with tonight’s match in hand, and five of their next seven games are against Big Seven teams. A couple of months ago it was unthinkable that anyone other than City would win the league; now it is merely unlikely.

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The reason I said the Big Seven rather than the top seven is that Chelsea start tonight’s game in tenth. The last thing they need, given the hysterical criticism they have received either side of the World Cup, is a game against City. They have two: tonight and then a trip to the Etihad in the FA Cup on Sunday. But like City, Chelsea know a win tonight could be a line in the sand.

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Kick off 8pm.

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Key events

12 minutes “Totally agree on Foden,” assures Patrick Brennan. “He’s clearly extremely talented, but for me he’s never quite reached what I perceive to be his ceiling. He might well do that of course in the future. I compare him to Saka – I think the Most would agree that Foden is the most talented player, but for England who has been the most effective Saka for me (Clive) If Foden reaches his peak then all bets are off. ..!”

Saka has been much better for England I would say. I’m pretty sure Foden will achieve greatness – he’s only 22 – but it surprises me when people compare him to Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen at the same age.

11 minutes These are the revised teams.

Chelsea (4-2-2-2) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Cucurella; Zakaria, Kovacic; Ziyech, Pulisic; Aubameyang, Havertz.

Manchester City (3-2-4-1) Ederson; Walker, Stones, Ake; Bernard, Rodri; Cancelo, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden; Haland.

9 minutes Chelsea work the ball well in midfield and find Cucurella on the left. He passes a cross that touches the side net at the near post. Ederson scooted off a little nervously but he was never really in danger.

8 minutes The match didn’t really start, with both teams taking their tactical cues. Chelsea’s formation is something of a 4-2-2-2, although it’s not a million miles from an admittedly more modern version of 4-4-2.

Kevin De Bruyne pulls out a leg to keep the ball from Denis Zakaria.
Kevin De Bruyne pulls out a leg to keep the ball from Denis Zakaria. Photo: Matt McNulty/Manchester City FC/Getty Images

6 minutes “Like most Chelsea fans, I don’t expect much from tonight, but not because City (apart from Haaland of course) are a vastly superior team,” said Julian Menz. “Put simply, City have a plan, a connected way to play. Chelsea, on the other hand, all too often look like a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that a bored five-year-old started before throwing most of the pieces at it. ground.

5 min: Chelsea substitution Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaces Raheem Sterling. Chelsea have been preposterously lucky with injuries, which makes the criticism even more unfair.

4 minutes Actually, Rodri doesn’t play as a centre-back. It looks like the same 3-2-4-1 formation Guardiola played in the defeat at Anfield, with Foden and Cancelo as wingers (very high). Walker, Stones and Ake are the bottom three, with Walker and Ake playing fairly wide and Rodri diving deeper when City don’t have the ball.

3 minutes Yet anothinginjury problem for Chelsea. Raheem Sterling went down after an innocent challenge with John Stones, and he’s feeling his right hamstring. He wants to continue, but that doesn’t seem like the brightest idea. Even Diego Costa couldn’t escape a hamstring injury, and by heaven he tried in the 2014 Champions League final.

Raheem Sterling is being treated for an injury.
A first call to the magic sponge. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

2 minutes Crikey, Pep got all funky. It looks like Rodri is playing at centre-back, with Cancelo on the right side of midfield.

1 minute After a minute of applause for Pelé, and if you haven’t watched the video below you really should now, Kai Havertz kicks off the game.

Pelé vinha do futuro, o MAIOR, MELHOR e não tem jeito.

Que vídeo foda. pic.twitter.com/C5oOI0TBIS

— memes futebolisticos. – vito (@Mfutebolisticos) November 20, 2021

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“Happy to see you again…” said Jeff Sachs, before abruptly moving on to business. “I miss Nunez, miss me.

I’m playing the long game on this one. Even this season, when he has been widely ridiculed, he has scored nine goals in 22 games. He will be fine.

“When the season started, a City triumph seemed inevitable,” said Mary Waltz. “I kept believing that until my relegation was tied, Everton drew with them to Etihad. It’s not that they don’t have the best talent and the best manager in the PL. They do It is simply difficult to maintain this continuous excellence over long periods of time.

In effect. There’s a reason only five teams have been champions of England for three consecutive seasons: Huddersfield Town (1923-26), Arsenal (1932-35), Liverpool (1981-84) and Manchester United (1998-2001 and 2006-09). I think City will join the list.

“Why didn’t Pep choose his best first six (i.e. the one that starts tonight) more often? asks Andrew Hurley. “Foden behind Grealish is, well…”

Well, Guardiola is a fan of rotation, with good reason I think. I would usually play Foden ahead of Grealish in big games because of his goal threat, but I think I see him through different eyes to the rest of the world. Brilliant player, that could be a big one, but I don’t recognize the generational (sic) talent that most people talk about, especially with England. I thought he was very disappointing against France. Guardiola made some body language comments this week, which many interpreted to be about Foden.

And I know he has his flaws, especially from 12 yards out, but don’t forget Riyad Mahrez was City’s top scorer with 24 last season. The flexibility of Bernardo and Foden in particular gives Guardiola so many options.

“Unless Chelsea win tonight they will remain third in the West London Championship behind Fulham and Brentford, but with one game less,” says Richard Hirst. “Who could have predicted this, almost halfway through the season?”

Most recent transfer

If there’s one thing Chelsea are always world class for, it’s irritating opposing teams whose players they want to buy. But it looks like they are bringing in some very good footballers.

And here is Pep

[On the changes tonight] I chose the team that the fans told me to play. Some of the players came back from the World Cup with issues, and Rico and the other guys were fantastic.

[With Arsenal eight points in front, do you enjoy the thrill of the chase?] Well, we’d rather be eight points ahead! There are still a lot of games to play, so we are trying to maintain our level and string together victories.

[On Beast] Several times in the previous season we played with a false nine, so we had an extra player in the middle; now the extra player is in the box so we have to adjust something. But, yes, we are delighted: with his consistency, his goals, everything.

[On reintegrating players after the World Cup] I watched, individually – day one, day two, day three, how they were training. It depends on body language. In the period after the World Cup, it was important to take a look: how is the body language, the mood, and to try to choose the best composition. Step by step, the guys come back to reality and are ready to play every game.

[On Grealish v Foden] There isn’t always a specific reason for picking players. Sometimes I want to shoot, sometimes it’s tactical, sometimes it’s because of the quality of the opposition. I’ve never been someone who chooses the same eleven every week, because it makes the dressing room impossible.

[On Graham Potter] All managers need time; I finished third in my first season at City. He is a high level manager.

Graham Potter chats with Sky Sports

[Sum up your first four months at Chelsea] It was intense, stimulating, enjoyable. We had a transition period, and that has an effect: a lot of games, a lot of injuries. This is my summary.

We weren’t happy with the way we played, certainly in the Premier League. We have to attack more and create chances. You can make excuses, because there are reasons, but at the end of the day, we have to take responsibility and say, “We can do better.” We need stability and we are working on it.

We didn’t work as well as a team as we would have liked. We are at four months and we have lost the place for six weeks out of those four months, but we recognize that we have to build our attacks better and create more chances. That’s the honest answer.

Premier League goals this season

Chelsea 20-21 Erling Haaland.

Team News

Graham Potter is making two changes to Chelsea’s side which drew at Nottingham Forest on Sunday. The more mobile Mateo Kovacic replaces Jorginho in midfield, and Hakim Ziyech replaces Mason Mount, who suffered a knock in training. I don’t know what that means tactically; we will know at 8 p.m.

Pep Guardiola chooses a more grown-up City squad, with Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden replacing Rico Lewis, Manuel Akanji, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish.

Chelsea (possible 4-2-2-2) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Cucurella; Zakaria, Kovacic; Ziyech, Pulisic; Havertz, Sterling.
Replacements: Bettinelli, Jorginho, Aubameyang, Chalobah, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Humphreys, Hutchinson, Hall.

Manchester City (4-1-2-3) Ederson; Walker, Stones, Ake, Cancel; Rodri; De Bruyne, Gundogan; Bernard, President, Foden.
Replacements: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Grealish, Alvarez, Gomez, Akanji, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis.

Arbitrator Paul Tierney.

Preamble

We know it happens, or at least we think we do. Pep Guardiola’s four winning seasons at Manchester City have included terrifying winning streaks to burn or roll their rivals: they won 18 consecutive Premier League games in 2017-18, 14 in 2018-19 – while they never had no margin for a draw regardless of a loss – 15 in 2020-21 and 12 last season. Streaks in 2017-18 and 2020-21 included decisive wins at Stamford Bridge, and they would love another tonight.

Everyone expects City to make another run, and now would be a good time to start. They are eight points behind Arsenal, with tonight’s game in hand, and five of their next seven games will be against teams from the Big Seven. A few months ago it was unthinkable for anyone other than City to win the league; now it’s just unlikely.

The reason I said the Big Seven rather than the top seven is that Chelsea start tonight’s game in tenth position. The last thing they need, given the hysterical criticism they’ve received from both sides of the World Cup, is a game against City. They have two: tonight, then a trip to the Etihad in the FA Cup on Sunday. But like City, Chelsea know a win tonight could be a line in the sand.

To start up 8 p.m.

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