Joe Cole: Chelsea are wrong for Manchester City

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Chelsea will play Manchester City twice before the end of the season. The first is the Premier League clash this weekend at the Etihad Stadium, and the second is the big one – the Champions League final on May 29.

Chelsea and Manchester City put in very strong performances to get to the final of the Champions League, and they are set for an all English final at Istanbul.

Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has backed Chelsea to win the tie, and he has said that Chelsea are the wrong team for Manchester City to play against due to the setup of Thomas Tuchel’s side.

“I thought watching the way Chelsea played against Real Madrid in their second leg at Stamford Bridge, they’re all wrong for Manchester City,” Joe Cole told the All To Play For podcast by Coral bookmakers and Joe Media.

“They will cause them serious problems in the final. The whole team looks so together, everybody knowing exactly what is expected of them in their role, it was incredibly impressive.

“When Pep comes up against a back three, he usually plays a false nine and tries to pin back the opposition’s full-backs.

“However I think that Chelsea will be happy with that and they will back [N’Golo] Kante to break up play and then Pulisic, Werner and Havertz can really hurt them. I think Chelsea are all wrong for City and I think they will do it, I think they will win the Champions League.”

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