ollowing our stunning 2-1 victory in Madrid, attention diverts towards the Premier League.
Among many journalists in the media, our games against Atletico Madrid and Manchester City were described as fixtures that will illustrate our likelihood of succeeding this season.
Having inflicted defeat upon Atletico – it’s only the second time that Simeone has lost at home in Europe as Atleti boss – attention now diverts towards our Premier League clash against Manchester City, a game that could hold great significance with regards to the destination of the title.
The Citizens – under the cultivated guidance of Pep Guardiola – have started this season with purposeful intent and they’re currently positioned at the very top of the division. In six games, they’ve scored a staggering total of 21 goals, and they’ve only conceded two goals. Moreover, it doesn’t constitute a surprise that City are undefeated in the league this season.
The significance of victory on Saturday cannot be stressed sufficiently.
The team for City should be:
GK: THIBAUT COURTOIS
Following a relatively quiet game against Atletico, the Belgian will continue his responsibilities in the league.
CB: CESAR AZPILICUETA
The omnipotent Dave will continue to thrive at CB.
CB: ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN
Our great Dane is poised to start as David Luiz is suspended.
CB: ANTONIO RÜDIGER
Considering that captain, Gary Cahill, started against Atletico – Conte might be tempted to play the German international in the league.
LWB: MARCOS ALONSO
The Spaniard registered the all-important assist to Michy Batshuayi against Atletico
CM: N’GOLO KANTE
Always believe in N’Golo! I’ve run out of superlatives to describe him.
CM: TIÉMOUÉ BAKAYOKO
Bakayoko’s defensive quality means that he’s better suited to start against City unless Conte opts to field a three-man midfield again.
RWB: DAVIDE ZAPPACOSTA
Another area of intrigue is at RWB, will Conte opt to field the Italian over Moses?
LW: EDEN HAZARD
The Belgian produced one of his finest performances in the Champions League on Wednesday, stunning!
ST: ALVARO MORATA
7 in 7 for the Spaniard, the perfect start to his Chelsea career.
The Spaniard has established a tendency of scoring important goals, let’s hope that continues Saturday.
Antonio Conte explains why he’s a huge fan of Michy Batshuayi
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has explained why he values Michy Batshuayi so highly as a member of his squad despite him not always being a regular for the Blues. The Belgium international saw limited playing time last season and continues to find himself as Conte’s backup striker with the £60million summer arrival of Alvaro Morata.
Still, Batshuayi has excelled in a super-sub role and made an impact whenever used this season, particularly as he bagged a crucial winner against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, and Conte insists he is a hugely valued member of his squad. The Italian tactician also explained that he initially used the 23-year-old more sparingly last season because it look him time to fully settle and adjust to the rigours of the Premier League.
‘Michy is a young player. Last season he struggled a lot to understand the league,’ Conte said. ‘He is improving and his commitment is very good. He has a lot of room for improvement. He has to continue this way. ‘Don’t forget he scored against Qarabag and Nottingham Forest. For him to score it is always important.
‘I want this type of player, with a great ability to try to make a change game by game.’ Batshuayi has already notched up five goals this season, despite starting just three matches in all competitions.