Chelsea vs Man City LIVE: Premier League team news and latest build-up today

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Follow live coverage as Chelsea host Manchester City in a pivotal match in this season’s Premier League title race.

Thomas Tuchel is ignoring his rivalry with Pep Guardiola, after beating the Spaniard three straight times, including the iconic 1-0 victory in the Champions League final.

City will be keen to reestablish their dominance as they defend their title, having slipped off the pace further last weekend with the goalless draw with Southampton, but the Blues now have a newfound cutting edge in attack, following the acquisition of Romelu Lukaku. City sit three points behind the Blues, who are joint-top alongside Liverpool and Manchester United, with a fascinating title race in store.

The game is likely to fall into the category of a “six-pointer”, with Tuchel claiming the match is a 50-50 contest: “It is a six-pointer between two teams who are clearly rivals for the top four, but it’s too early (for the title race). The last three games, I see three 50-50 matches… Little details decide, small situations can give you an advantage, you need a little bit of luck. I expect another 50-50 match tomorrow. It does not take a miracle to win but we need our best performance… it will be one of the biggest tests in European football.” Follow live updates from Stamford Bridge below:

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Chelsea vs Man City

Chelsea could record four consecutive victories against Manchester City in all competitions for the first time since an eight-match sequence between 2005 and 2009.

City are vying to win back-to-back games at Stamford Bridge in the top flight, a feat they last achieved in 1955.

None of the last 12 league encounters have been drawn, with Chelsea winning five to City’s seven.

Michael Jones25 September 2021 11:52

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola puts Chelsea defeats behind him to prepare for new challenge

Pep Guardiola insisted Chelsea’s run of victories over Manchester City last season – capped by lifting the Champions League trophy – belongs in the past as he looked ahead to Saturday’s Premier League clash between the title contenders.

Michael Jones25 September 2021 11:48

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Pep remembers Champions League final

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have lost their last three fixtures against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. The most recent and painful match came back in May when Kai Havertz led Chelsea to a 1-0 victory in the Champions League final and Guardiola has been reminiscing on that defeat.

“We lose but we played a great final,” he said. “I had the feeling then and when I saw it again in these days that we played with courage and personality.

“We tried to do it but unfortunately in the long balls, the counter attacks and with the second balls they were better than us and they beat us.”

Michael Jones25 September 2021 11:44

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Chelsea vs Man City – Team changes

As expected there are a bunch of changes made by both managers from their Carabao Cup third round ties.

Thomas Tuchel keeps Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Timo Werner in the starting line-up but replaces the other eight players. There’s a recall for Edouard Mendy after he overcame a hip injury, Romelu Lukaku starts up top and captain Cesar Azpilicueta is brought back in.

For Man City Pep Guardiola makes nine changes. Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden keep their places after impressing against Wycombe in midweek. Both players are returning after injury and today’s game will be their first big test. Gabriel Jesus is recalled to lead the line with Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish also involved.

Michael Jones25 September 2021 11:40

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Chelsea vs Man City – Team news

Chelsea XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Werner, Lukaku

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Jesus, Grealish

Michael Jones25 September 2021 11:32

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Mason Mount injury: Chelsea midfielder to miss Man City match

Michael Jones25 September 2021 11:25

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Guardiola on Man City’s tough run

Today’s game starts a run of difficult matches for Manchester City who play Chelsea, Paris St. Germain and Liverpool all within the space of eight days.

On the tough run of games, boss Pep Guardiola said: “We try to learn. This is a new competition. It’s one more game. We prepare the game like the strong points we have and see what we can do to be better.

“That’s the mindset we have. It will be the same against Paris St-Germain and Liverpool before the international break.”

Michael Jones25 September 2021 11:20

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Chelsea vs Man City – Recent results

Chelsea are looking to continue their winning form after overcoming Aston Villa on penalties in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. The Blues are unbeaten in the Premier League this season with four wins and a draw putting them at the top of the table, level on points with Liverpool and Manchester United.

Manchester City are making a push to catch up with the league leaders after a goalless draw with Southampton last time out. They travel to Stamford Bridge knowing a victory today would bring them level with Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel’s men have won the last three meetings between the teams, including the 2020 Champions League final.

Michael Jones25 September 2021 11:15

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Chelsea vs Man City: Team news

Edouard Mendy may be fit to return to the Chelsea side after missing out against Tottenham after suffering a knock in the Champions League fixture against Zenit St Petersburg, though Tuchel said it is “a race against pain and time”, and the German may be forced to call on deputy Kepa Arrizabalaga once more.

Manchester City rang the changes for Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup win against Wycombe Wanderers which means Pep Guardiola was able to rest many of his first-choice team, but the Spaniard is facing an increasingly concerning injury list. Rodri has a muscular problem and is a doubt while John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Aymeric Laporte were all also absent against Southampton last weekend.

Ilkay Gundogan has also suffered an issue ahead of eight days in which Manchester City will play Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.

Jack Rathborn25 September 2021 10:55

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Chelsea vs Man City: Predicted line-ups

Chelsea – Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Havertz; Lukaku

Manchester City – Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden; Sterling, Torres, Grealish.

Jack Rathborn25 September 2021 10:54

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