Thomas Tuchel & Co. shocked Man City to win the FA Cup semi-final last month at Wembley, but Pep Guardiola’s men can take revenge in style as the victory will seal the title – their third in four seasons – at add to the Carabao Cup they lifted earlier this year.
A matchlist oddity gives us a dress rehearsal for this month’s Champions League final at Eithad Stadium this afternoon as Premier League leaders Man City host Chelsea.
As for Chelsea, they are in control of their own fate in terms of ranking in the top four, but a loss here would blow up the Champions League qualifying race.
Man City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Mendy, Rodrigo, Torres, Sterling, Aguero, Jésus
Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Kante, James, Ziyech, Gilmour, Alonso, Pulisic, Werner
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Pulisic struggled to make an impact in this half. He’s rarely had a chance to attack high up, in large part because he works so much deeper.
Werner seems most likely to injure City, but Tuchel will be disappointed that Chelsea haven’t been able to use Ziyech and Pulisic’s pace more with quick counters.
34 minutes: A bad pass from James sees Chelsea concede possession in height.
Aguero feeds Sterling on the left – he passes the ball but wins the 50/50 and salutes on goal… but it’s comfortable for Mendy to dive to his right to face.
Real opening for Chelsea now as Werner bursts into space from the left, but he gets the finish very badly, relaxing from the far post as he tried to bend it around the defender.
The ball is in the city’s net as Werner cleverly finishes for the first time on a pierced shot from James, but the flag goes up – the forward was well offside.
Nervous moment for City as Pulisic plays the ball towards Alonso, who lets the ball run for Werner… but they are crossed paths.
Should Raheem Sterling have been given a red card? Take a look and decide for yourself …
26 minutes: Werner has been in wars today, with Laporte treading on his foot here in a challenge.
Chelsea’s best moments came when they rushed at the man in possession and broke quickly.
Invariably Kante has been the man to shake things up, but Chelsea have been a bit too loose up front.
Rodri has a 30-yard chance, but Chelsea deflects the ball for a corner.
It was interesting watching Chelsea set up for that free kick on the edge of the box. Werner was the only one of their attackers to be in and around the six-yard box, due to the lack of available air presence.
With Alonso standing on the free kick, they were without one of their most effective players on a set piece.