Man City face Chelsea on Saturday evening at Stamford Bridge, and the visitors will be missing both Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
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Pep Guardiola’s side currently sit just two points ahead of Liverpool, but they’ve managed to impress to this point without influential midfield ace Kevin de Bruyne, who has made just three appearances in the Premier League so far this season due to injuries.
An influential figure in their success last year, they’ll be desperate to get him back as soon as possible, but Guardiola has confirmed that he will not return against Chelsea this weekend as it had been suggested that he could be in contention, as noted by the Evening Standard.
Further, the Guardian reported how Sergio Aguero picked up a problem in training on Monday, and the City boss has confirmed that the Argentine forward will also miss the game.
In turn, it’s a huge boost for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri that he won’t have to prepare for the influential duo but after their defeat to Wolves last time out, the Blues are under enough pressure themselves to ensure that this will be a very difficult encounter regardless of any City absentees.
Despite the generally positive start that the Italian tactician has made in west London, he has one less point than Antonio Conte had at this stage last season, and the former Chelsea boss had already played the top teams by now.
In turn, the pressure is on for Sarri to pick up a positive result and prove that they’re making progress.
Further, with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez all offering a goalscoring threat and creativity in the final third, the Chelsea defence will surely still have their hands full but it remains to be seen if they can deal a title blow to City and allow Liverpool to take advantage.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 7, 2018