Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Premier League clash on Saturday, as they hope to secure all three vital points.
Chelsea qualified for the finals of the Champions League, as they defeated Real Madrid in the semifinals over the midweek. The London side defeated the Merengues by a scoreline of 3-1 on aggregate, which includes a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge a few days ago. The Blues will now face Manchester City in the finals of the European Cup later this month.
They now travel to Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in the Premier League clash, which will be a rehearsal for the Champions League final. Mateo Kovacic is the only Chelsea player who is out of contention on Saturday, as he is still recovering from a thigh injury.
Thomas Tuchel is expected to field his best lineup against Pep Guardiola’s side, as the Blues aim to finish in the top four this season. Edouard Mendy will start between the sticks for Chelsea. The Senegalese international was unbeatable against Real Madrid after he denied Karim Benzema from two clear cut goal scoring chances.
César Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva will start as the centre-backs against the Sky Blues. César Azpilicueta operated from the right-wing back position against Real and is expected to start as the centre-back on Saturday. Reece James will come back into the starting lineup after he started from the bench in the midweek fixture.
The youngster will start as the right-wing back, whereas, Marcos Alonso will operate from the left side. His last start came against Brighton a few weeks ago and will be given an opportunity to prove himself against Manchester City.
In the absence of Mateo Kovacic, the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will continue to start in the centre of the park. The duo put in an incredible performance against Real Madrid and have been rock solid at the back. Mason Mount who scored Chelsea’s second goal against the midweek, will start as the right-attacking midfielder.
Christian Pulisic, who started from the bench against the Merengues, will come back into the starting lineup. The American will start as the right-attacking midfielder, as Thomas Tuchel will revert back to a 3-4-2-1 formation.
Kai Havertz scored a brace against Fulham last weekend. The German has been often deployed as a false nine and has shown moments of brilliance off-late.