Chelsea predicted the line-up against Manchester City

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Chelsea travel to last season’s Premier League winner Manchester City on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel insisted that he “is not a fanboy” of his opponent Pep Guardiola before the team’s first meeting of the season. When Chelsea hosted City in September, the Blues led the early league table. But a 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge began the swing that makes City go into the weekend with ten points ahead of their upcoming visitors.

Here is the lineup Tuchel can use to narrow the gap up to the top spot.

A loss in our last 24 matches. ?

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– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 12, 2022

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – The much-maligned goalkeeper has kept a clean sheet three times since stepping in for AFCON-bound Edouard Mendy,

Andreas Christensen (CB) – In a team that has 16 unique top scorers (a common top in Europe’s top five leagues), Christensen stands out with zero Premier League goals throughout his career.

Thiago SIlva (CB) – Chelsea have made sure that the wise old head who effortlessly gets through most of the matches will be in the squad on his 38th birthday next season.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Despite being a midfielder, only the club’s top scorer this term has taken more Premier League shots than the German (who has two league goals).

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– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 12, 2022

Cesar Azpilicueta (RWB) – Azpilicueta is part of an abundance of defensive staff considering a contract extension, and Azpilicueta has been decidedly non-commissioned regarding his future at the club he is captain of.

N’Golo Kante (CM) – His arguably best performance ever in a Chelsea shirt (from a long list of challengers) came against Manchester City in last season’s Champions League final, an outing that Arsene Wenger, speaking to every neutral viewer, described as “incredible”.

Mateo Kovacic (CM) – The Austrian-born Croatian national team player has scored more Premier League goals in ten starts this season (two) than he has done during his previous 90 matches in the competition.

Marcos Alonso (LWB) – Offered a rare starting spot on the bench for midweek’s Carabao Cup cruise past Tottenham with his commitment on Saturday in mind.

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– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 12, 2022

Hakim Ziyech (RW) – A shock absence from Morocco’s AFCON squad is a significant loss for the Atlas Lions but a welcome offensive option for Chelsea.

Romelu Lukaku (ST) – One of the golden grains from Lukaku’s hysterical interview was that he turned down an approach from Manchester City in the summer of 2020 “that was higher than Chelsea’s”.

Mason Mount (LW) – With seven goals in the Premier League in December, Chelsea’s top scorer ended the calendar year on a high.

You can read 90mins preview of Manchester City vs Chelsea here. You can read Manchester City’s predicted line-up here.

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