A highly-anticipated clash between two of the best teams in the world kicks off on Saturday, as Chelsea face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea currently sit 10 points behind Manchester City in the league table. A defeat for Chelsea may well all but end their hopes for a title charge.
With Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Andreas Christensen all unavailable, Thomas Tuchel will certainly look to change the personnel and shake things up. Here are three players you should keep a look out for tomorrow, in what will be arguably Chelsea’s toughest game this season.
Kepa Arrizabalaga’s biggest test against Manchester City
With Edouard Mendy away on international duty, this match will certainly be Arrizabalaga’s biggest test this season. After keeping back-to-back clean sheets against Tottenham Hotspur, the Spaniard certainly looks to be playing with full confidence after making just seven appearances in the Premier League last season.
It will certainly be a tough task to keep a clean sheet against a Manchester City side, who average 6.9 shots on target; the highest in the Premier League. Also averaging 2.5 goals per match this season, it will certainly be a game in which Kepa Arrizabalaga will be heavily tested.
Malang Sarr called upon in biggest game of his Chelsea career
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel heaped praise on defender Malang Sarr after a run of matches which saw the Frenchman take his opportunity. The defender has become a fantastic and solid rotation option for Tuchel’s Chelsea, especially after putting in almost a faultless performance against Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of the Carabao Cup.
Sarr was pretty much set to leave the club on a loan deal but instead, remained at the club and fought for his starts in domestic cup matches. With Chalobah out injured and Christensen ruled out due to testing positive for coronavirus, it will certainly not be a surprise to see his name starting on the team sheet against Manchester City as the Frenchman has undoubtedly impressed Thomas Tuchel.
Calm and composed on the ball and has a left-foot which is imperative for passing lanes in passing out of the back and approach play. At the age of 22, the future for Malang Sarr at Chelsea is certainly looking bright.
Timo Werner to add end product to improving form in 4-2-2-2?
Against a team like Manchester City who always play a high line, Timo Werner definitely has a good chance of starting. The German started all 3 games under Thomas Tuchel against Manchester City last season and made it very difficult for their defence to cope with the pace and explosiveness on the counter.
Starting alongside Romelu Lukaku in a 3-4-1-2 or with Havertz as false 9 in a 3-4-3, Timo Werner will definitely cause problems again with his natural tendency to run out wide and in behind defences.
Written by Vikram Jajuha (@CFCVik)
Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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