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Man City vs Chelsea LIVE: Romelu Lukaku wastes a glorious early chance before Kepa Arrizabalaga denies Jack Grealish as Thomas Tuchel’s side try to halt the runaway Premier League leaders

  • Latest score: Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea  
  • Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Grealish, Foden 
  • Chelsea line-up: Arrizabalaga, Sarr, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Ziyech, Pulisic, Lukaku 
  • Latest Premier League news, including live action and results
  • Premier League table – as it stands

Is this the day Manchester City take a giant leap towards retaining their Premier League crown? 

Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea are in town knowing they must cling on to the coattails of the Premier League’s runaway leaders to avoid slipping a massive 13 points behind them.  

Follow Sportsmail’s Adam Shergold for live Premier League coverage of Manchester City vs Chelsea, including build-up, team news and updates.  

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The main theme of the first half was Chelsea being unable to get any service into Romelu Lukaku and their wide forwards, much to the annoyance of Thomas Tuchel on the sidelines.

Too often they became trapped while attempting to pass out from the back and were hustled out of possession with City playing their press so well.

Early on, Chelsea did get some joy with longer balls forward but seemed to abandon that tactic. That just allowed City to enjoy more and more of the ball.

So Chelsea survive in tact until the interval but City have dominated this game. 

They have had almost all the possession and Jack Grealish really should have given them the lead, with Kepa making a fine save to deny him. 

Chelsea have effectively switched between a back three and back five when City are coming at them but they simply can’t get themselves out the vice to push forward.

Chelsea on the ball for a change as we enter a short period of injury time.

Thomas Tuchel very animated in his technical area as Chelsea give the ball away once again. Flapping his hands like a bird flaps their wings.

Chelsea have been guilty of passing backwards too often and playing themselves into trouble. They showed more intent and aggression early on but City have suffocated them.

They just need to make it to half-time as Kevin De Bruyne smashes a shot wide while off balance inside the box. 

There was the big chance for Manchester City.

Chelsea trying to play their way out, Kovacic trying to work the ball infield and De Bruyne is all over him like a rash to get the ball into Jack Grealish centrally.

The space has opened up and Grealish only has Kepa to beat. But the Chelsea keeper does well to stand up and the ball defects off his thigh and wide.

Closing in now on half-time and City have dominated the ball without creating too many clear-cut openings. In fact, you’d say that Lukaku/Ziyech chance early on was the best of the game so far.

But the feeling persists that City are turning the screw and Chelsea must stay resolute under the pressure.

The offside flag goes up as Antonio Rudiger shows a fine reading of the game to clear Kevin De Bruyne’s cross from the right. 

A brilliant driving run into the Chelsea box by Phil Foden after he turned sharply away from three defenders on the left side.

Nobody really to aim at in the middle and Marcos Alonso can draw a foul from Sterling to relieve some of the mounting City pressure.

De Bruyne floats in the resulting free-kick like something of a tease. Looking for someone at the back post but Chelsea get it cleared for a corner.

Rudiger gets De Bruyne’s delivery partly clear and Bernardo Silva is then boxed off and loses the ball as he appeals in vain for a free-kick.

City dominating possession in the last 10 minutes, as high as 85 per cent. 

That’s a cynical tackle by Mateo Kovacic as Bernardo Silva gets away from him. None of the ball, all of the man and a clear yellow card.

Azpilicueta does really well to pinch the ball off De Bruyne in the centre of the park and gets it into Christian Pulisic wide on the right.

But the American just isn’t quick enough making the pass or cross and City win the ball back.

A sweeping move down the left by City. Azpilicueta is caught forward and Grealish is in behind, feeding De Bruyne inside the box but his rising, angled shot is easy enough for Kepa.

24 minutes in and we await the breakthrough goal at the Etihad.

The ball breaks Chelsea’s way in midfield and they’re straight onto the attack with Ziyech down the left. He tries to pick out Lukaku in the centre but his low ball is just too weak.

Down the other end, Rodri swings a ball in searching for Grealish at the back post but Chelsea, who look pretty organised in defence, get the clearing header.

They just showed a replay of Thomas Tuchel’s visible frustration that Lukaku didn’t go directly for goal a few minutes ago.

He knows Chelsea won’t necessarily get too many chances as clear as that this afternoon.

Sterling once again has Alonso on toast and it’s looking like an unfair match-up already, especially with the Chelsea man already booked.

Antonio Rudiger comes across to slide tackle Sterling perfectly. Foden’s corner is too deep.

Lovely ball over the top by Joao Cancelo looking for Kevin De Bruyne, who just about manages to keep it in at the byline. He tries to cut the ball back but only finds a defender.

City attack again moments later with Sterling’s cross from the right just a little too high for Grealish as Azpilicueta does well to head it away.

Then John Stones, forward for a resulting corner, gets his head onto a cross but straight into Kepa’s gloves. City upping it.

That’s a golden chance for Chelsea but Hakim Ziyech has his blushes spared by an offside flag.

Strong play by Lukaku, brushing off John Stones in the centre of the park and bursting forward. Looks like Lukaku is in a shooting position but chooses to thread a pass into Ziyech, who can’t make contact and was offside anyway.

The Belgian really should have gone for goal.

Sterling wriggles free of Marcos Alonso and is brought down rather crudely by the Spaniard. Craig Pawson is asked the question by some of the City players and does indeed produce a yellow card for Alonso.

Far from ideal to be booked with 83 minutes left and Sterling running at you. 

That’s a definite let-off for Chelsea. Ball over the top and Kepa looks like he has it under control ahead of Jack Grealish. But he hesitates and strikes the clearance off his shin, off Cesar Azpilicueta and out for a City corner. Could have gone anywhere.

Kepa atones by catching the corner.

Early possession for City and Raheem Sterling is briefly in behind Chelsea lines before being forced to turn back.

Kevin De Bruyne trying to stun a pass through into the run of Phil Foden but it’s cut out.

Here we go then. First versus second in the Premier League this Saturday lunchtime.

Both sides in their home colours, differing shades of blue and no clash.

It’s the champions of England against the champions of Europe. Here’s a reminder of the two teams for you as Romelu Lukaku kicks us off: 

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Grealish, Foden
Substitutes: Dias, Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Steffen, Fernandinho, Mbete-Tabu, McAtee, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Sarr, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Ziyech, Pulisic, Lukaku
Substitutes: Jorginho, Werner, Loftus-Cheek, Bettinelli, Saul, Barkley, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz

 


Okay, enough chat, it’s time for some action with one of the most eagerly-anticipated Premier League games of the season. Manchester City versus Chelsea.

The players assemble in the tunnel at the Etihad and emerge into an arena where fans are on the safe standing for the first time. 

We don’t have too much longer to wait until this hotly-anticipated match gets underway.

Manchester City with the chance to move 13 points clear at the top, Chelsea with the opportunity to reignite the Premier League title race.

The players just concluding their warm-ups and returning to the dressing rooms as the fans take their seats at the Etihad. 



JACK GAUGHAN: Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City will continue playing on even if they cannot field any first-team stars on their bench due to absences.

The Premier League calendar is facing a fixture backlog, with clubs able to apply for postponements if they cannot call upon 13 established outfield players and a goalkeeper.

Twenty-one members of City’s bubble, including their manager, were forced into isolation last week and the champions have since recorded more Covid cases ahead of today’s title clash with Chelsea.

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MATT BARLOW: Thomas Tuchel’s bold declarations about hunting down Manchester City may have lost their threat but Chelsea are not yet prepared to surrender the chase.

‘We would love to be closer,’ said Tuchel on the eve of today’s lunchtime clash at the Etihad Stadium.

‘We would love to have more points. We are never happy when we are behind our own standards and this is where we are.

‘At the same time, we have trust. We are still hungry. The season is not finished. We will never give up. We will try to bring out the very best that is possible.’

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MARTIN KEOWN: Manchester City are on an incredible 11-game winning streak. If they make it a magnificent 12 today, they will most likely knock one of their rivals out of the title race.

Chelsea would be too far adrift to catch up if they lose. Even a draw wouldn’t do much good. This is a must-win for Thomas Tuchel.

He beat Pep Guardiola three times towards the end of last season – in the FA Cup semi final, Premier League and in the Champions League final. Tuchel’s men must treat today as if it is another final.

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Chelsea won this exact fixture 2-1 last season, last winning consecutive away league games against Man City during a run of four between 2005 and 2008.

This will be the 50th Premier League meeting between Man City and Chelsea; City won just three of their first 25 against Chelsea (D4 L18) but have since won 12 of the last 24 (D3 L9).

This is just the second ever Premier League meeting between Manchester City and Chelsea as the top two sides in the division. The other came in January 2015, with second placed City earning a 1-1 draw at league leaders Chelsea.

Manchester City have won their last 11 Premier League games, their fifth such run of 11+ consecutive victories in the competition. Three of their previous four such runs have been ended in a home match – 1-2 vs West Ham in September 2015, 2-2 vs Spurs in August 2019 and 0-2 vs Man Utd in March 2021.

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League games (W8 D6), going down 3-2 at West Ham in December. However, the Blues have picked up just one win from their last five league games (D4), throwing away a lead in two of those four draws.



Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5million club-record return to Chelsea has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, in which no one knows when the next twist is coming.

He appeared set to lead Chelsea’s charge for the Premier League title after arriving from Inter Milan, scoring three goals in as many top-flight games and bullying an Arsenal defence short on confidence.

However, after four goalless Premier League games came an ankle sprain that kept him out of six fixtures across all competitions, before coronavirus struck soon after.

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Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Grealish, Foden
Substitutes: Dias, Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Steffen, Fernandinho, Mbete-Tabu, McAtee, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Sarr, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Ziyech, Pulisic, Lukaku
Substitutes: Jorginho, Werner, Loftus-Cheek, Bettinelli, Saul, Barkley, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Both managers have made quite a few changes then.

Pep Guardiola has made four alterations from City’s win over Arsenal a couple of weeks ago. Dias, Ake, Mahrez and Jesus out for Walker, Stones, Grealish and Foden.

Five changes for Chelsea from the side that beat Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Christensen, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Mount and Werner drop out with Thiago Silva, Kante, Ziyech, Pulisic and Lukaku coming back in.

We will bring you the two confirmed line-ups from the Etihad in the next few minutes.

Here’s the Premier League fixture list for the weekend. One game already played last night, one has fallen victim to Covid and the north London derby is in doubt after depleted Arsenal applied to the Premier League to get it called off. A decision is expected soon.

LAST NIGHT
Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Crystal Palace 1

TODAY
Manchester City vs Chelsea (12.30pm)
Burnley P-P Leicester City
Newcastle United vs Watford (3pm)
Norwich City vs Everton (3pm)
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Southampton (3pm)
Aston Villa vs Manchester United (5.30pm)

TOMORROW
Liverpool vs Brentford (2pm)
West Ham United vs Leeds United (2pm)
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal (4.30pm)

As you can see, Pep Guardiola’s side are in a commanding position as they try and retain their Premier League title.

They have surged clear thanks to their winning run while Chelsea and Liverpool stumbled and have remained fairly unaffected by Covid cases.

That 10-point gap, which could become 13 this afternoon, is already a big chasm.

But if Chelsea can get three points and close that to just the seven, we might be on for some excitement with 17 rounds of games still to play.

Is this the day the Premier League title is decided?

It’s seems faintly absurd to be saying that on January 15 but Manchester City are playing so well at the moment, they could easily run away with it.

Already 10 points ahead of Chelsea in second, that could move to 13 if they beat their challengers at the Etihad Stadium this lunchtime.

You have to agree that 13 points is a daunting mountain to climb.

So it may not only be Chelsea but neutral everywhere hoping they can win today and cut that gap, keeping interest alive at the top of the Premier League.

Welcome along to our live coverage of one of the stand-out fixtures on the football calendar.


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