Chelsea v Manchester City preview

Chelsea will be looking to bounce back with a win against Manchester City on Wednesday, after a surprising 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace Saturday.

Antonio Conte has suggested Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are separated by more than merely seven points at the top of the Premier League and claimed that, while expectation comes with the territory at Stamford Bridge, losing is "not a disaster" for the side who now head the chasing pack behind the leaders.

He told reporters: "Anything can happen in the league".

But you must also pay attention when you attack because they have good players to play counter-attack: Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, but also Kevin de Bruyne.

Victor Moses, arguably Chelsea's most improved player this season, missed the Palace game with a toe injury.

Antonio Conte's men are now just seven points ahead of their closest challengers Tottenham, and a win would be more than welcomed with just nine games left to play this season.

Chelsea failed to avoid defeat against Palace despite boasting a close to full-strength team and having nearly 80 minutes in which to turn the game around.

Manchester City will even be highly motivated to push retaliation for the 3-1 defeat in the reverse fixture in December, when and Fernandinho both saw red, while, and Willian got on the scoresheet for the Blues.

"If we win, lose or draw the training session doesn't change".

"In my case I had to win the treble and change English football", he said on Tuesday. Are Chelsea already celebrating their Premier League title with nine games to spare? "I have great respect for Aguero". I think Chelsea and Manchester City have a clear identity. He said he has no doubts about the quality of the players, either now or the "golden generation" of Lampard, Gerrard et al, but that they need to make the step up, to believe that they can win the biggest games.

"I don't know exactly how many weeks he needs to come back but I think he is at the end of the part of his process to come back so we will see".

City are also out of the Champions League but could pick up silverware as they remain in the FA Cup, with a semi-final meeting to come against Arsenal later this month.

Leroy Sane - The pacey German global has been in a thriving form lately, as he has netted five times in his last eight appearances, also assisting three goals in the process.

Guardiola said: "We will think about it, we discuss with the chairman, with Txiki Begiristain, all the bosses here".

  • Zachary Reyes