7 straight Premier League wins. 19 goals scored during this run. 1 conceded. Conte has even managed to make David Luiz look world-class. Since their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal, Conte’s tactical switch to 3 at the back has made the Blues virtually unbeatable. A trip to the Etihad now awaits them.
Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed a mixed November. It started with a stunning 3-1 demolition job of Barcelona. Since then, they’ve drawn against ‘Boro at home, and secured tight wins away to Palace and Burnley. The momentum is definitely with the away side. Neither side has major injury concerns. Kompany is out, but that is to be expected. Yaya Toure is ‘like a new signing’ as the cliche goes.
During the pre-match press conferences, Guardiola was effusive in his praise for his Italian counterpart:
“They have conceded just one goal. They are doing well. When I was at Munich, a lot of teams play with four or five at the back, closing the space down in the middle. They allow you to cross the ball from wide because they have five players in the box.”
Conte was clear that this game would be a tougher test than what’s come before:
“This is a great test for us, for our formation, to continue this way. We know that it won’t be easy because we face a really great team, with really great players and a good idea of football. But we want to show we are working very well and are growing. This is another step to show us if something has changed since the start of the season.”
Our prediction is for a pulsating game that ends in a draw. Perhaps 2-2 will be the result come the final whistle. What do you think? Let us know below..
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