Full Chelsea squad revealed for Manchester City Premier League clash as Christensen misses out

Full Chelsea squad revealed for Manchester City Premier League clash as Christensen misses out

Chelsea will be looking to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City this weekend when Thomas Tuchel takes his side to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The Blues currently sit 10 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, knowing a win will be imperative in keeping their faint title hopes alive this season.

Tuchel has only managed one win in the past five in the league, while Guardiola has his team on an 11-game winning streak amid a great run of form. The reverse fixture led to Chelsea’s first loss of the season, though the German coach insists he has learned something from the slim defeat. infoguidenigeria

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “My approach was the wrong approach, it made us too passive and defensive. It wasn’t meant like this but it turned out like this. So lesson learned.”

The Blues will, however, be without wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell, who are both longer-term injuries.

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Chilwell suffered a cruciate ligament injury that has prematurely ended his season, while James went down against Brighton in December and is expected to be out for six-to-eight weeks. Trevoh Chalobah is another who misses out with a recurring hamstring injury, picking up another tweak against Liverpool earlier in the month.

Andreas Christensen played against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday, but shortly after returned a positive Covid test that means he will be sidelined while he isolates from the squad. jamb result

There could also be a return to the side for Kenedy following the cancellation of his loan at Flamengo, who may be a solution to Chelsea’s wing-back worries.

Edouard Mendy is away on international duty with Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations, meaning he will not feature until he returns.

Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli.

Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Malang Sarr, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Lewis Hall.

Midfielders: Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Harvey Vale, Xavier Simons, Charlie Webster, Lewis Baker, Kenedy.

Forwards: Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku, Jude Soonsup-Bell.

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