Good for Chelsea: Man City have key injuries ahead of big game

Injury issues for City
Manchester City will be without two of their key players for the clash against Chelsea.

Many people assumed they would be without Kevin De Bruyne, who is working his way back from serious injury.

He’s thought to be back soon, but the Chelsea game and the final game of the Champions League group stages will be too soon.

In addition, City are making sure they don’t risk Sergio Aguero.

The forward is someone who many Fantasy Football players love, but will miss out once again.

However, his injury is not thought to be serious, and his omission is more of a precaution than anything else.

Sarri explains why he was ‘sure’ Chelsea would have problems

Maurizio Sarri thought Chelsea would have encountered problems before now, as the Blues prepare for the visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The Italian was appointed in July after compatriot Antonio Conte was sacked following the Blues’ fifth-placed finish last season, 30 points behind champions City.

Chelsea enjoyed an 18-match unbeaten start to the competitive season, after losing the Community Shield to City in Sarri’s first game in charge.

Two defeats in the last three league games, to Tottenham and Wolves, mean Chelsea sit fourth, 10 points adrift of leaders City after 15 games.

“I was sure that sooner or later we’d face problems, but I thought it would be in the first two months,” Sarri said.

“The first two months we played well, we gained points. And so I thought that the problems would arrive in November and December. I was sure.

“When you change the way of playing, the way of football, you need to change the mentality.

“You need to change the mentality in 25 minds, so it’s not a short way. It’s very difficult.”

Pep Guardiola’s City have won 13 of their Premier League games and are unbeaten in the top flight since April.

Sarri, who has experienced defeat to Guardiola with Napoli and Chelsea, was asked how his side can beat City.

He added: “Against Guardiola I lost every match, so I don’t know. You have to ask somebody else.”

City are the best team in Europe, Sarri says – and that is his target for the Blues.

He added: “It’s a very difficult match against, maybe, the best team in Europe at the moment.

“It’s impossible to beat them in a long period, of course, in this moment. But in a match, everything can happen.

“In 90 minutes anything can happen. We know it’s very difficult but we have to believe in it.”

Sarri accused his Chelsea players of a collective “blackout” at the first sign of trouble against Fulham, despite a 2-0 win, and against Wolves.

The Italian said: “We have a problem to manage the match at the moment. In the last two matches we played well for 55, 60 minutes, then the first difficulty we went in blackout.

“In the first match (against Fulham) we were lucky because they didn’t score. In the last match (at Wolves) we were a little bit unlucky. For the opponents, five shots, only two on target. We conceded two goals.”

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