HOT on the heels of the incredible mid-week Champions League exploits against Atletico Madrid comes an equally or even more challenging opponent in the shape of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
This match may be the last of a tough September that’s seen us beat Leicester, Qarabag, Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Atletico over three split up competitions.
Chelsea face Manchester City on the back of their Champions League triumph against Atletico Madrid
In this period we’ve scored 19 goals while conceding just three along the way, and only dropping points in the goalless draw with Arsenal.
With limited time to reunite from Spain to recover and prepare for this match, and with City having played a day earlier in the home, this game is our toughest test of the summer season so far with regards to opponent and strain on the squad.
After the lads’ heroics on the Spanish sojourn, it’s understandable there will be some tired legs in the squad, and with David Luiz suspended after his late red card against Arsenal, Conte will again have to shuffle his pack and use the squad.
Players such as for example Willian, Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen and Pedro may replace Cesc Fabregas, Victor Moses and Luiz without the real drop in quality.
But much will depend on which formation Conte decides to deploy.
Do we stick to the 3-5-2 and the more solid base that served us so well in Madrid, or will we revert to a 3-4-3 formation and put early pressure onto the weakened City defence?