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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has named Chelsea as his side’s most difficult opponents so far this season, despite his team beating Chelsea 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
N’Golo Kante gave Chelsea the lead but goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez secured all three points for Manchester City.
Chelsea have picked up just one win against Aston Villa since the game against Man City, losing the other three. The other losses have come against West Ham, Everton and Bournemouth.
“The Chelsea game last month was the one where we struggled the most,” Guardiola said, as reported by The Guardian.
“They were the side who caused us the most problems by far, even though we won.”
Following Saturday’s loss to Bournemouth, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard revealed breaking down defensive sides is an area that Chelsea have to work on.
“I think when you play against West Ham, who are organised and want to stop us playing, Everton organised and want to stop us playing, and Bournemouth who were particularly organised and deep today and want to stop us playing, we have to find another way,” Lampard said.
“And we haven’t managed to do that and with that it becomes nerves, it becomes stress in the stadium, within the team, and we haven’t dealt with that well enough.”