Chelsea will lock their horns against the League leaders Manchester City in the Premier League. The match is going to be really important for Chelsea as now they are at fifth position in the League Table and a defeat against Manchester City will decrease their chances to finish in the top four positions in the League Table. Kevin De Bruyne has scored in the previous meeting of these two sides and he will be the player to watch out for in this match.
Kevin mainly fits into the Manchester City team as a central or an attacking midfielder but can also play as a winger or second striker. He has been in terrific form for the Pep Guardiola’s brigade this season. With a pass accuracy of 84 percent , Kevin has 14 goals and 7 assists this season so far. In the year 2012, he joined English club Chelsea, where he was used sparingly and then loaned to German club Werder Bremen. He signed on the dotted line for Wolfsburg for a fee of £18m in 2014, and in 2015 he was named Footballer of the Year in Germany. Later that season , he joined Manchester City for a club record £54m.
From being a Chelsea discard to being the starman of Manchester City , Kevin De Bruyne has come a long way . His development was appreciated and has frequently led to the media, coaches, and colleagues ranking him among the best players in Europe, and has often been described as a “complete” footballer. He was even ranked the fourth-best footballer in the world by The Guardian in 2017.
Team News :
Manchester City :
The Blues have no fresh concerns. Benjamin Mendy is a long term absentee. The Skipper Vincent Kompany is still a doubt due to a calf problem. Pep will prefer to play with a 4-3-3 formation with Ederson standing in the City Goal. Walker and Delph will play at two sides of the defense while Stones and Otamendi will pair up in the central defense. De Bruyne, Fernandinho and David Silva will play in the heart of the midfield for Manchester City while Sterling, Aguero and Sane will lead the line for City from upfront.
Andreas Christensen will be available for Chelsea after missing the previous match. David Luiz is unavailable due to knee injury. Without a doubt, Thibaut Courtois will start in Chelsea Goal while Christensen, Azpilicueta and Rudiger might start for Chelsea in three man central defense while Moses and Alonso will be there at two flanks for Chelsea. Kante and Fabregas will always be present in the heart of the midfield for Chelsea. Barkley, Giroud and Hazard will be there upfront for the Blues against Manchester City, which will be a boost for Antonio Conte and his plans of beating the league leaders.
Possible Starting Eleven :
Manchester City :(4-3-3)
Goalkeeper : Ederson
Defenders : Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph.
Midfielders : De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva.
Attackers : Sane, Aguero, Sterling.
Goalkeeper : Thibaut Courtois
Defenders :Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta.
Midfielders : Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Davide Zappacosta.
Attackers : Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard.
My Predicted Scoreline :
Manchester City 2-2 Chelsea.