Everyone is looking forward to this weekend’s fixture between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. It’s a game that will determine the shape of the table this weekend, and could be a huge decider in who ends up being champions, come May.
As Antonio Conte has said, it’ll be a huge test for Chelsea against one of the league’s most dangerous opponents. But I also choose to think that Pep Guardiola and Manchester City will be afraid of Chelsea and losing to the Blues on home soil. There are so many positives going on for Chelsea at the moment, and Guardiola wasn’t trying to be cunning when he said Chelsea are the best team in the league.
These are some of the reasons, the Citizens and their Spanish manager will be scared of the Blues.
1. OUR DEFENCE
Chelsea’s defence have only let in one goal in the last 7 Premier League games, and it had to take a shot from outside the box 18 from Christian Eriksen. Getting a shot at Chelsea’s goal has been very difficult for many teams since Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation, and Chelsea’s defensive structure will truly give Guardiola and Manchester City a lot of headache.
2. THE MATCH AGAINST TOTTENHAM
Definitely Pep Guardiola will be thinking of the best tactics to use against Chelsea, just like Mauricio Pochettino did before last weekend’s game against Chelsea. Despite all Pochettino’s tactical preparation for the game, Chelsea ended up being the match winners.
To be honest, the Spurs boss got his tactics all right and they threatened Chelsea in the first half, but the Blues came back into the game and became the stronger side. This is what will get Pep worried the most — it’s not about him getting the tactics right, but how Chelsea respond to it.
3. MANY ATTACKING THREATS
You can’t look at the Chelsea team and say if Eden Hazard or Diego Costa is marked out, the team won’t play. Far from it, Hazard wasn’t at his best against Spurs, and Costa didn’t have a clear-cut chance to score, but there were so many attacking threats from Pedro, Victor Moses and even Marcos Alonso. This will really make the City boss worried.
The match this weekend will be a highly entertaining and tension-filled game, and it isn’t just going to be a big test for Chelsea, but another big test for Pep Guardiola, and he knows it.