Chelsea play Manchester City at Stamford Bridge tonight (8.15pm) in a game crucial to their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The Blues will be hoping to get one over Pep Guardiola’s side after losing the reverse fixture 2-1 back in November, and the result could have significance elsewhere too. That’s because anything but a win for City will see Liverpool crowned Premier League champions.
For Frank Lampard, the Chelsea head coach, the game will also be another opportunity to test his tactical nous against one of the masters of the art in Guardiola.
Some Blues fans will no doubt be fearing the inevitable approaching tonight’s game.
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After all, City scored eight goals and conceded none in their first two games since restart, while Chelsea were far from their best in beating relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday.
However, the visitors have lost seven games this season and display a number of recurring weaknesses that Lampard could look to exploit.
Their defeats to Liverpool, Manchester United and Wolves, for instance, all illustrated City’s defensive frailties.
Granted, key defender Aymeric Laporte has been absent for the majority of the season, but there are still questions over whether City’s back line can deal with the threat Chelsea pose.
At left-back, for instance, doubts remain over the defensive qualities of Benjamin Mendy, who can often be drawn out of position.
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