Berbatov predicts scores for Manchester City vs Chelsea

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Chelsea and Manchester City lock horns at the Etihad Stadium later this evening, and the game means different things to the two teams.

For Manchester City, they need a win to become Premier League champions, and for Chelsea, the Blues need a win to go third on the table after Leicester City fell to a 4-2 defeat to Newcastle.

Ahead of the crucial Manchester City vs Chelsea clash, Dimitar Berbatov has predicted a 1-1 draw, as he can’t see much between the two sides.

Berbatov told Betfair: “Massive game. City are riding high as are Chelsea. Both teams know each other.

“City can win the title if they win on Saturday, but I don’t think it will give them a psychological boost for the Champions League final if they win.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has hailed Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as the best team in Europe.

Tuchel told the media: “If you play against Pep you know the most difficult games have arrived, because he is the coach of the best teams in Europe and he leaves his footprint and his style of play. It is full of courage and full of quality and full of flexibility. His teams are always super hungry to win, he transforms any team into a winning machine.

“They are the benchmark of this league. It’s a big gap but like we did in the semi-final, it’s up to us to close the gap for 90 minutes and then we will do the same thing in the final.

“When you arrive against Pep the level is high and you need to be on your very best coaching level to push your team to full confidence and to hopefully play on the best level, because they are used to winning, their team are very regular at the highest level and it is another big challenge tomorrow.

“It was the same in the semi-final, we knew that this is maybe the toughest opponent right now in Europe that you can play. You never want to admit that there is a gap, but if you feel you play a team like City which is the benchmark in the league, the goal is to close the gap for 90 minutes because this is what you can do in football and exactly what we did at Wembley.”

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