Chelsea FC host defending Premier League champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge today, Saturday, September 25.
A win for the hosts today could send shockwaves to the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool who are also looking to dethrone City as the EPL champions this season. Judging from recent matches between the two clubs, I think the Blues could take the spoils at their own turf.
I have gathered four reasons why I think the London based club will beat The Citizens today. They are;
#1 Thomas Tuchel versus Pep Guardiola
Since Thomas Tuchel's appointment as Chelsea's manager at the beginning of this year, he has played 3 games against Pep Guardiola and lost none.
The German's managerial masterclass saw him win three consecutive games against Pep Guardiola. A 1-0 FA Cup success was followed by a 2-1 Premier League win before the Blues beat City 1-0 in May to lift the UEFA Champions League.
When he took over the mantle from club legend Frank Lampard in January, the German tactician said he would build a Chelsea side no one would want to face. I think he has almost done that. As a result, a fourth consecutive win against Guardiola could be on the offing for Tuchel today.
2 Chelsea's defensive masterclass
Since his days at Barcelona, pep Guardiola has always struggled against a defensive Chelsea side. That's why the Spaniard couldn't beat the Blues at Camp Nou in the semifinals of the 2009 UCL.
When you consider the current Chelsea side, you can see some similarities with the the Blues teams of past years. Since Thomas Tuchel's arrival in London, no other Premier League has kept more cleansheets and conceded less goals than Chelsea.
The Blues' return of 24 clean sheets from 38 competitive matches under Tuchel is the most when you consider Europe's top five leagues.
Manchester City tend to struggle when playing a defensive side. That has already manifested in their two games against Tottenham and Southampton. The Citizens could not beat a highly defensive Spurs on the opening day, despite dominating the proceedings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. They ended up losing 1-0.
The visitors were also held to a disappointing 0-0 draw with the Saints, thanks to their inability to breakdown Southampton's defensive line. Chelsea FC will rely on this to beat the defending champions today.
3 The Lukaku Effect
Romelu Lukaku is up and running for the Blues this season. The big Belgium has notched three goals in his four league games for Chelsea.
The gigantic forward is capable of bullying any defender, including Ruben Dias of Manchester City. Lukaku's body strength has enabled him to hold up play and bring his teammates into the match.
The Big Rom, as he is sometimes referred to by his fans, will be a huge contributor to Chelsea's win today.
4 Chelsea fans
It's an undisputed fact that home teams do better than away teams, thanks to the home fans. Chelsea will be buoyed by a full-house Stamford Bridge today. Pep Guardiola's recent spat with Manchester City fans may come into play today.
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