Chelsea versus Manchester City: a game that has thrown up some absolute classics in recent years. Before this season, many would have seen this game as a relative formality for a Manchester City side who romped to the title last year. However, Lampard’s side is currently one point ahead of City and here is how Chelsea can take down Guardiola’s City team.
Press, Press, Press:
Lampard has this Chelsea side working extremely hard from back to front, and the press from the likes of Kovacic and Mount has made goals out of nothing for the Blues this season.
This could be key against a City back line missing a number of their starting central defenders. If Rodri or Fernandinho are forced to play at the back again, there will be mistakes, and a high press could be extremely effective in creating opportunities.
Stay Organised at the back:
The Chelsea back line has arguably been the one weak spot this season, and even this has improved greatly as the season has progressed. However, against City, staying organized will be vital. The constant movement of their attack makes marking difficult, and players like De Bruyne can unlock any defence and will find a weak spot if there is one.
Lampard also has a big decision to make at right-back. Reece James was sublime in shutting out one of the league’s best wide men in Zaha last time out and has certainly made a claim for the right-back spot in this game. It would be a gamble, but one that could certainly pay off.
There is no doubt that Jorginho will be a key cog if the Blues are to pull off a win, but Kante is a player who can make or break a game.
The Frenchman often saves his best performances for the big games and his incessant running will cause City’s midfield real problems. He won’t give them the time or space they so often thrive in, and a good performance from him could be the difference.
This game will not be easy, but the pressure is off for Chelsea. Many expect City to win, and arguably they should do, given their superior experience and performances last year. However, if Chelsea can pull it off, it really could be the start of something special this season.