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Manchester City vs Chelsea at Etihad Stadium

FT
Etihad Stadium Referee : Mike Dean
10th February 2019 4:00 PM (GMT)
  • 6 Manchester City

    • ‘4' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘13' Sergio Agüero
    • ‘19' Sergio Agüero
    • ‘25' Ilkay Gündogan
    • ‘56' Sergio Agüero (Pen)
    • ‘80' Raheem Sterling
  • 0 Chelsea

#mancity

Commentary By Rob Pollard

18:28
18:24

Pep [asked if this was one of the best performances from City]

"Yes. We played good, Sergio made incredible goal, but it wasn’t easy, we defended deeper like never before.

"They had one chance but they cause problems and find the space. 

"Six goals against Chelsea is not easy.

"Not just for that, but for Arsenal and Everton too.

"Now we can have two days rest and start preparing for Newport."

18:12

Sterling on hat-trick hero Aguero

“Sergio is a player we depend on.

“You saw with his first strike putting the ball in the top corner - you have to cherish players like that.

"It was a terrific performance from the team - the manager set us up and got us ready for the game.

"It was just a win and another three points. The most important thing is to get three points."

91'
47'

Goal difference could be crucial this season. Not conceding is important in this game, but Chelsea will be encouraged by the way they finished the first half. 

46'

Could have been five. De Bruyne with a brilliant delivery into the box from wide on the right - Aguero inches (if that) away from heading home. 

39'

Chelsea on the front foot at the moment but aren't creating clear-cut chances. 

They're leaving gaps at the back, though, which City will look to exploit. 

25'

Rudiger tackles Aguero inside the area, but the ball runs straight to Gundogan. He unleashes a low first-time effort that Kepa can't keep out. 4-0. 

4'

De Bruyne plays a perfectly weighted slide-rule ball to Bernard down the right. His cross hits a Chelsea defender and goes straight to Sterling, who SMACKS it home from 8 yards out. 

15:41

Pass and move

Both teams prioritising quick passing drills in the warm up. A clear sign of what I'm expecting to see today. 

Last season, of course, it was a very different Chelsea, one focused on containment rather than expression. I'm hoping for a better spectacle this time.  

15:30

Intriguing game this one. Chelsea's form isn't great but the makings of something very good are almost certainly there. Sarri is having an impact and in Higuain they have a top-class forward ready to give them a boost.

Can't wait. 

15:00

City team news

XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Sane, D Silva, Mahrez, Otamendi, Jesus

14:30

One to keep an eye on:  We could become the first club to score multiple goals in 15 consecutive top-flight home fixtures since Tottenham had a run of 16 in a row from March to December 1965

14:04

Pep

"At Chelsea, I understand what they want to do and they are doing it. Good organisation, offensive and defensive, they know what they want to do.

"It's a final for us. We have to play in that way. We have played one more game. But we cannot deny it. A few days ago we could be seven points behind."

14:04

Sarri on City

"At the moment, in my opinion, Manchester City are the best team in Europe. They are an example for every club.

"We need to work. Guardiola is in the third season in the Premier League, Klopp in the fourth or fifth, but we need to work. I don't know another way. We need only to work and try to reduce the gap."

13:55

Hello!

Good afternoon, Blues. Big double-header here in Manchester this afternoon. We play Chelsea in the Women's Super League - that game is going on now - and the Premier League (kick off 4pm). 

Let's get started. 

10:30

Pep preview

Pep Guardiola says he has been impressed with Maurizio Sarri's impact since taking the reins at Chelsea in the summer. 

The West London side have been in patchy form in 2019, but they remain involved in four competitions. 

Guardiola, who praised Sarri's work at Napoli when City met the Italian side in the Champions League last season, says he could see a different Chelsea as far back as August in the Community Shield. 

"People believed managers arrive at good clubs and immediately create something," he said. "My feeling when I saw Chelsea at Community Shield was they were already there.

"They have been exceptional. Final of Carabao Cup, in Europa League, and Premier League they are there.

"They are nine behind with one less game and in the FA Cup they are there as well.

"I see them play and I recognise exactly what they want to do."

10:21

Team news

Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy remain out for the Premier League Champions, while Janine Beckie and Meg Campbell are set to return for Nick Cushing's side.

Mendy continues to struggle after undergoing knee surgery in November, despite making his comeback in the recent win at Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup.

And Kompany is yet to recover from the muscle problem he picked up in the win over Liverpool at the tun of the year.

Abbie McManus, who missed the midweek Continental Cup semi-final win over Chelsea, will not feature.

10:17

Double delight!

A very good morning, Blues. It's matchday... and not just any matchday: it's a double header!

City v Chelsea x2, as our men's and women's teams lock horns with the Londoners in Manchester.

Nick Cushing's side kick-off the mouth-watering fixture pairing at 1pm, before Pep Guardiola's men are in action at 4pm.

As always, we'll have all the build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here so stay tuned.

COME ON, CITY!

Other games that day

  • Tottenham Hotspur3
    Leicester City1
    FT

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 26 +44 65
3 Tottenham Hotspur 26 +29 60
4 Manchester United 26 +17 51
5 Arsenal 26 +16 50
6 Chelsea 26 +16 50
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 +1 38
8 Watford 26 0 37
9 Everton 27 -3 33
10 West Ham United 26 -7 33
11 Bournemouth 26 -10 33
12 Leicester City 26 -3 32
13 Crystal Palace 26 -7 27
14 Brighton and Hove Albion 26 -11 27
15 Burnley 26 -18 27
16 Cardiff City 26 -23 25
17 Newcastle United 25 -12 24
18 Southampton 26 -16 24
19 Fulham 26 -33 17
20 Huddersfield Town 26 -34 11
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