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Venue Etihad Stadium
Referee Mike Dean
Maurizio Sarri has revealed the keys to victory for his team against Manchester City on Sunday.
Sarri believes that a similar result is well within reach for the West Londoners if they execute his game-plan correctly.
Quoted by Football London, the former Napoli manager said:
“ We need to be very fast when we are able to recover the ball, because the first lost ball they are able to press really, really very well so it’s very difficult to exit that situation. If we will be able to do it, I think we can find spaces. But it is very difficult.
At home, I think they’ve scored 43 goals in 15 matches. More than three on average. It’s very difficult. We need to defend really very well.”
Chelsea are in good shape ahead of their trip to Manchester and had only left out Antonio Rudiger for last week’s victory against bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield.
Rudiger had a problem with his knee, but he will likely return for Sunday, with Andreas Christensen having taken his place against Huddersfield. Chelsea are thought to have no other injuries, and new signing Gonzalo Higuain will have another week to train with his team-mates.
Gary Cahill and Davide Zappacosta were missing for most of January due to speculation over their future but could be reintroduced now the transfer window has closed. Sarri spoke about his team’s fitness levels ahead of Sunday’s match.
“We had only some little problems, with Hudson-Odoi,” He said at Cobham Training Centre. “He had fever, but only for one day. Yesterday we had a little problem with [Gary] Cahill, with his back.
“I think every player will be available for this match. I hope so. I don’t know. We have to do another two trainings.”