Chelsea will have to dig deep as Pep Guardiola’s rampant Manchester City side visit Stamford Bridge, a mere three days after the Blues produced a masterclass at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.
Chelsea starting lineup (3-5-2):
Courtois | Cahill (c), Christensen, Rüdiger | Alonso, Kanté, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Azpilicueta | Hazard, Morata
Substitutes from: Caballero, Kenedy, Moses, Zappacosta, Pedro, Willian Batshuayi
Manchester City starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Ederson | Delph, Otamendi, Stones, Walker | Fernandinho, David Silva | de Bruyne, Sterling, Sane | Gabriel Jesus
Substitutes from: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Zinchenko, Toure
Date / Time: Saturday, September 30, 17:30 BST; 12:30pm EDT; 10pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Forecast: Light showers
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Conte keeps the 3-5-2, then, but has Azpilicueta at right wing-back instead of Moses or Zappacosta. Christensen replaces David Luiz as expected, but otherwise the XI is unchanged from the Atletico game. Guardiola, meanwhile, is clearly holding nothing back and has opted for his standard all-out-attack line-up with Fabian Delph preferred to Danilo at left-back.
Let’s do this!