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Chelsea return from the international break with a daunting task against reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The game is between the third and fourth in the league, with City Surprisingly occupying 4th spot. Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola’s side are still rated by many as the only team that can compete with Liverpool for the Premier League.
The bookmakers are favouring Manchester City to win this game, but Chelsea legend Pat Nevin insists that the Blues have nothing to lose ahead of the visit to the Etihad Stadium, insisting that Manchester City have everything to lose in this fixture.
He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “We are so far ahead of the expectation curve that this is almost a free hit with little or nothing to lose for us. City on the other hand have everything to lose. If they do not pick up all three points then Liverpool might already be almost out of sight by the end of our game, if Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Palace at Selhurst Park earlier in the day.
“For us, this in many respects is just another test of how far we have come in such a short time. Even if we lost heavily, it would not be a disaster, it would simply show us how high the next step is.
“The other great thing is that there is total confidence that whatever happens, the Chelsea fans will not be grumping and groaning afterwards. We are all on the same page, this is a project that needs time even if it seems to be needing very little at the moment.”