Manchester City gave Chelsea the worst defeat the club has suffered in the Premier League history, as Pep Guardiola’s side beat the Blues 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium about a fortnight ago.
Guardiola’s side dominated the game from start to finish, and Sergio Aguero tore Chelsea apart by scoring a hat-trick, while Raheem Sterling got a brace.
Chelsea have never fully recovered from that humiliating defeat, with Maurizio Sarri’s job rumoured to be on the line.
Chelsea won the first leg against City in Stamford Bridge in December, before losing the second league meeting between the two sides at the Etihad.
And now, both sides will meet for the final time this season in the League Cup final on Sunday evening at the Wembley Stadium.
Speaking ahead of the game, Sarri believed that his side were unlucky to lose that game 6-0.
The Blues boss said: “We were lucky in the first match because we were in trouble in the first half. We scored in the last minute of the first half, and then the match changed.
“We were unlucky in the second match, because we started very well for five minutes then we conceded a stupid goal and we were unable to react. It was a disaster.
“The truth is in the middle. The 2-0 two months ago is not true; the 6-0 two weeks ago is not true.
“For us in this match it’s very important to stay in the match for a long time, and then we will be able to do something.”
Not many believe Chelsea have what it takes to beat City on Sunday, and even Chelsea fans expect a defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side, highlighting a shortage of confidence in the club at the moment.
Former Premier League striker Michael Owen is backing Manchester City to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
Owen told BetVictor: “Ahead of the Europa League second leg tie with Malmo Chelsea have lost half of their last 10 games in all competitions. They had previously lost 5 of their last 41 games and this is a massive game for all at the club, but especially Maurizio Sarri whose rigid inflexible tactics look almost old-fashioned compared to many of the top sides and their leading coaches.
“Chelsea have beaten City already this season 2-0 at Stamford Bridge but they were outclassed in the Community Shield in the season curtain-raiser at Wembley and suffered a humiliating 6-0 loss at the Etihad earlier in the month.
“I expect to see Chelsea raise their game back at Wembley and make it a final to remember, but I still back City to run out winners.”