4 pairs of duels decide the great battle Man City vs Chelsea

14 Jan 2022 | 21:32 | Football

The battle on Etihad Stadium promises to be a big decision to the race for the Premier League title this season.

1 – Antonio Rudiger vs Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva is one of the most prominent stars of Man City this season. The 27-year-old midfielder has 7 goals and 1 assist after 1706 minutes of playing in the Premier League. Silva’s sublime performance contributed greatly to the No. 1 position of the current blue half of Manchester.

Pep Guardiola is likely to arrange Silva to play in the role of a virtual number 9 against Chelsea. Man City shows a terrifying ability to score goals even though they do not own a top-class striker.

Silva is the trump card in Pep's hand.

Silva is the trump card in Pep’s hand.

The task of stopping Silva will be assigned by Thomas Tuchel to Antonio Rudiger. The German midfielder becomes a key piece in the Chelsea defense at the moment.

If Rudiger can kill Silva, Chelsea will significantly reduce the firepower of the opponent. A remarkable duel encounter in the match of the 22nd round of the Premier League.

2 – N’Golo Kante vs Kevin de Bruyne

The return of De Bruyne brings more creative solutions in the midfield of Man City. Pep Guardiola will need a De Bruyne in top form to break through the Chelsea defence.

De Bruyne and Kante promise to create an interesting battle in the midfield.

De Bruyne and Kante promise to create an interesting battle in the midfield.

Sharp tactical vision, excellent assists where the Belgian midfielder promises to create many challenges for Chelsea. N’Golo Kante is the most suitable person to block De Bruyne.

Kante’s mobility, high pressing ability, aggressive play style need to be maximized in a 1 vs 1 fight with De Bruyne.

3 – Mason Mount vs Rodri

Mount promises to be Tuchel’s important card in this weekend’s big battle. The English midfielder has had an impressive makeover since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard.

Flexible, responsive gameplay, abundant energy…. is Mount’s outstanding strength. From a deep position in midfield, Mount is now encouraged by Tuchel to move higher, appear and penetrate more into the opponent’s 16m50 area.

Rodri and Mount.

Rodri and Mount.

Rodri is an important link in the Man City midfield. The Spanish star promises a fiery personal battle with Mount. Mount needs to get rid of Rodri’s grasp if he wants to penetrate the 16m50 area of ​​Man City.

4 – Joao Cancelo vs Cesar Azpilicueta

Cancelo is Pep’s sleeveless weapon. The Portuguese defender has the ability to support the attack well, sometimes playing inside like a true midfielder. Cancelo promises to cause a lot of turbulence for the Chelsea right-wing corridor.

Azpilicueta is a reliable stop in the right corridor of Chelsea.

Azpilicueta is a reliable stop in the right corridor of Chelsea.

In the context of Reece James long-term absenteeism due to injury; Captain Azpilicueta is likely to play at right-back against Man City.

If Azpilicueta can kill Cancelo, Chelsea will limit some of the opponent’s power. In the opposite direction, Cancelo will create the ultimate challenge for the Chelsea defense if he defeats Azpilicueta in a 1-on-1 fight.


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