Premier League followers are in for a treat as the two giants in blue go head to head for the first time this season.
The Etihad gets ready to welcome a team that has won its last 7 games in a row, and Manchester City will try to bring Chelsea back down to earth and show them everything is not smooth sailing and easy in this league. This is the toughest test for both the teams yet, and we hope to see some of the best football this term.
Here are a few major factors that might add to the excitement with which you await this fixture:
1. Expressive, animated managers
Both teams are led by managers that are not known to sit on the bench and enjoy the game. Rather they roar the team on from the touch line, and there is not a second when the orders and instructions seem to stop. Guardiola and Conte are both highly accomplished managers in their previous clubs, and it will be exciting to watch these two cover every inch of the touch line during this fixture.
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There are quite a few similarities between the two clubs at this moment which makes this contest that much better. Both teams have their star strikers Aguero and Costa banging in goals for fun, while both teams have goalkeepers bought in from the La Liga and they will be looking forward to justifying their price tags and reputation. Both are known for flying their blue flags high and playing high intensity attacking football.
3. Kevin de Bruyne
Possibly the most exciting factor to look forward to will be ex-Chelsea and current City man, Kevin De Bruyne.
After being sold by Chelsea, KDB has more than built the reputation of a star man at his new home, the Etihad. When his old friends, now foes, come to face him at his new ground, he will be ready to go ahead and show them what they just might be missing.
4. Time to prove all money spent is worth it
Both the clubs are led by owners who do not hesitate to splash the cash in order to get their teams to the top. With them being among the top spenders in the past few season and this season too, both the clubs and players will be looking to repay their price tags with some scintillating football and desired results.
5. Title contenders
Both Chelsea and Manchester City are genuine title contenders this season, and this match might just give an indication of which way the title will head. The winner will take the lead in points and certainly gain momentum in heading towards the coveted trophy.
Apart from these major factors, there are also a few unique reasons that makes this fixture a little more intriguing.
These two have had players play for both teams, and had an impact at both places. Frank Lampard is a name that stands out in this situation, having been a Chelsea legend but also played for Manchester City at the end of his Premier League career. He also managed to score a goal against the London club.
Both teams have had players from Ivory Coast turn into legends for their respective club. Didier Drogba is the king of Stamford Bridge, and Yaya Toure is already a City legend, after helping them in their recent two title winning campaigns.
With Chelsea not playing in Europe this season, winning the Premier League for them might just be that bit more crucial. However, there is no denying the winning mentality, history, and methodology of Guardiola’s teams, and there will be nothing different in the way Manchester City approach this season either.
With both teams sharing 4 titles equally in the past seven seasons, it is safe to say they are surely but slowly rising towards the top and are becoming a force to be reckoned with.
This affair is one you cannot miss, and there is certainly no better way to kick off a Premier League weekend. The neutrals are in for a treat, but let’s see which set of fans have the last laugh at the end of the match.
It’s the battle of the blues, but who will be the one feeling them at the end of 90 minutes?
Premier League's Best Attack vs Premier League's Best Defence.
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