League-leading Manchester City welcome second-placed Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium in an appetizing Premier League match at lunchtime on Saturday.
Through Pep Guardiola’s long and long managerial career, no club has inflicted more defeats on his side than Chelsea. The Catalan coach did not win any of his four meetings with the Blues while at the helm of Barcelona, and has lost three of his last four matches against the club in west London in the City.
Here is XI Guaridola can distribute towards the closest the series winner has a bogey side.
Only Porto (five) have beaten teams including Ruben Dias more often than Chelsea (three) / Craig Mercer / MB Media / GettyImages
Ederson (GK) – Omitted from the squad that dumped Swindon Town out of the FA Cup, Ederson may well return to this summit.
Kyle Walker (RB) – The English national team player had started 12 of City’s previous 14 Premier League matches (a rarity in all Guardiola teams) before a mysterious, long absence that has seen him miss six league matches.
Ruben Dias (CB) – The burning desire to win that rages within Dias was evident during his schoolboy attempts as he went from attack to defense because he could not “stand to see my team suffer”. He has been there, with some suffering, ever since.
Aymeric Laporte (CB) – In Europe’s top possession team, Laporte makes more passes per game than anyone else.
Joao Cancelo (LB) – The supposed full-back – on both flanks – has had more touches in Manchester City’s attacking three than any of his teammates.
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Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – With a direct hand (or boot) in four goals during his last four games against Chelsea, De Bruyne gives a sharp and repeated reminder of the quality that his previous team sold.
Rodri (CM) – The glue that holds everything together, Rodri is on a 12-match victory individually, a sequence that has seen City hold five zeros and only conceded seven goals.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – Guardiola’s first signing on arrival at Manchester City is still fully integrated into this team.
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Gabriel Jesus (RW) – The Brazilian national team’s insistence that the right wing would be his new position at the start of the season has not really been fulfilled thanks to Guardiola’s constant work, although he was able to resume the role of stretching Chelsea’s well-trained defensive unit.
Bernardo Silva (ST) – Although Silva has taken three fewer shots this semester compared to the entire last season, Silva has already scored five more Premier League goals – a step from a conversion rate of 7% to 28%.
Raheem Sterling (LW) – Another strike at the Etihad Stadium would be the 50th Premier League goal for the London – born winger in that arena, and become the second player to hit that mark after Sergio Aguero – who ended his career with more than double, at 106.
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