Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony will miss Manchester City’s potential
title decider with Chelsea on Saturday after Ivory Coast qualified for the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup.
City have not won a Premier League game without Toure, who has scored six goals in his last nine games, since April. Ivory Coast making it through also means City’s £25million latest acquisition Wilfred Bony won’t be making his club debut against us. Manchester City will also be missing injured midfielder Samir Nasri when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will be without Diego Costa as he has been banned for his tussle on Can in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final. Fabregas who limped off in the same match around the 50′ minute mark is also doubtful for which can be a title decider. Fabregas has an injured hamstring. The absence of Yaya Toure and Nasri may pave the way for a certain Frank Lampard to start against his own people. 13 years, whenever he went out to the pitch at Stamford Bridge, every Chelsea fan would hope he scored, but for the first time in so many years Frankie is going to walk out as the foe.
But Chelsea fans don’t forget, do we?
We never forget to salute an old friend even if they are dressed in the clothes of a foe. We lauded Didier Drogba, when he returned to the bridge in Galatasaray colours. Sang Gianfranco Zola’s name when he was manager of West Ham. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbainc was praised when he scored against us for Charlton in 2006.
We sang our hearts out for Frank Lampard after he recently scored
against us for City, Di Matteo was cheered when we faced his Schalke. And again come weekend, Frankie will get his deserved love from the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Chelsea presently boasts a healthy 5-point gap with second played
Manchester City and a goal difference of 9 in our favour. A win would increase the gap to 8 points and also increase the goal difference. With all the absentees, the emotions attached and the important in terms of eventual league winner, this match could be one hell of a match, both teams will give it their all. We have all to play for, as we need to address the statement made about small club mentality. KTBFFH!!!
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt