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Combined XI Man City vs Chelsea

Combined XI Man City vs Chelsea

02/12/2016Sport

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Two of the top three in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon as second placed Manchester City host league leaders Chelsea.

Both have had a week off to prepare for what should be an highly entertaining tactical battle between Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte - two managers who are still coming to terms with the demands of English football.

Of the two teams, it’s fair to say that the Blues go into the game high on confidence after registering seven straight wins in the league, but their title credentials will be tested against a City side that, despite blowing hot and cold at times, are still a difficult team to beat on their day.

Here is a combined City/Chelsea XI based on form and fitness.

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)


The Blues stopper picked the ball out of his own net for the first time in what felt like an eternity last weekend against Spurs, but has been in better form than his opposite number Claudio Bravo.

Victor Moses (Chelsea)

Victor Moses (Chelsea)


Many of the Blues players have been reinvigorated since Conte’s decision to switch to his preferred 3-4-3 system and Moses certainly falls into that category based on his performances – which includes a winner against Spurs – over the past month.

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)


The fact that Chelsea went six successive games without conceding a goal in the Premier League is testament to their defence. Azpilicueta must get a lot of praise as he’s proven to be quite the player on the right of a three-man central defensive line-up.

David Luiz (Chelsea)


Joining Azpi in defence is his teammate David Luiz. When the Brazilian returned to west London in the summer there were plenty of eyebrows raised because of his previous spell at the club.

However, he’s managed to silence many of his critics with a number of impressive performances for the Blues and rightly takes his place in this combined XI.

Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)

Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)


In a City defence that seems to change week-by-week, the one constant is Otamendi. The Argentine appears to be over the first season jitters and has become an important player for Guardiola.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)


Kolarov is another player whom Guardiola has relied upon many times this season – even to operate as a centre-back. To the Serbian’s credit he’s fulfilled any role asked of him to the best of his abilities and his form has somewhat gone under the radar recently.

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)


Since the switch to 3-4-3, the Kante that helped Leicester City claim an unexpected Premier League title triumph has re-emerged after a rather slow start to life at Stamford Bridge.

Fernandinho (Manchester City)

Fernandinho (Manchester City)


Arguably City’s most underrated yet one of their most important players. Fernandinho’s prowess in the middle of the park is crucial to the way Guardiola wants to play and has completed more passes than any City player over the past seven league games.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)


The Premier League’s top assist provider with seven. De Bruyne has been excellent for City this season and will be looking prove to Chelsea that they were wrong not to give him a chance.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)


Five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances is further proof that the Belgian superstar is back to his best.

Diego Costa (Chelsea)

One of few Chelsea players that has been good all season regardless of the change in system by Conte. Didn’t get on the scoresheet against Spurs last weekend but has impressed more so than Sergio Agüero lately.