The three Chelsea players that have been backed to cause Manchester City problems

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In recent games, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has gone for an attacking trio of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz, with Havertz playing the central role as a false nine.

The Chelsea trio were in formidable form last weekend against Crystal Palace as the Blues defence put four past the Eagles defence, and it could have easily been a worse scoreline, but for so many missed chances.

Former Arsenal and Leicester City striker Alan Smith, has backed the trio to start in the FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City on Saturday, and he believes they can cause a lot of problems.

“Christian Pulisic, for one, seems to be peaking at a fantastic time,” Smith told the Evening Standard.

“So far at least, it has not been the best of seasons for the US international but that does not matter, not when all the important bits are still to come.

“His searing pace and direct style could easily cause problems to John Stones, by no means the quickest defender out there. Backed up by Mason Mount, the absolute definition of consistency, Pulisic is capable of creating a few waves. With this in mind, I reckon Kyle Walker’s speed will be used as a deterrent.

“And then we come to Kai Havertz, a player I said needed time in this column last week, who promptly burst into life at Crystal Palace to suggest his elegant, languid game could also cause problems.

“Without seeming to do too much, Havertz is one of those players who can instinctively find space in a crowded area. Add that to his very capable feet and Tuchel might pick him again for that withdrawn central role, a tactic used by Guardiola many a time.”

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