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CHE vs CITY: 5 Things That Happened In The Last Meeting That Might Happen Again In Today's Encounter

The last time Chelsea played Manchester City was on the 29th of May, 2021, at the Estadio do Dragao stadium in Portugal. That particular match was the last match of their 2020/2021 football season, the Uefa Champions League final and Chelsea deservedly won the game thanks to a brilliant Kai Havertz goal in the first half.

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It was the 3rd match Chelsea would win against Manchester City in as many games and that meant that Thomas Tuchel, who had never won a game against Pep Guardiola prior to joining Chelsea had completed a 3/3 victory over the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager.

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In that game, so many things happened. Here are 5 of the things that happened on that famous night that might happen again in today's encounter.

1. Chelsea Will Defend & Patiently Wait To Hit City On The Counter-Attack

Playing Manchester City is never an easy thing to do if you're intending to beat them. It requires a lot of solid defending and compactness to stop them from penetrating the defensive back line and the way Chelsea did it in the final 4 months ago was truly outstanding.

I expect that Chelsea will go with that exact system and try and soak in all the City pressure with a plan to hit them on a quick counter-attack when they transition after winning the ball back.

2. City Will Dominate The Game & Win Possession

Man City had 60% ball possessions against Chelsea's 40% in that final. This is very unsurprising, knowing as that is Pep Guardiola's M.O.

It's all about having the ball with City, whereas for Chelsea, it's about doing something dangerous when you have the ball and not so much being obsessed with having it all the time. It is very tactical with Chelsea.

3. Man City Will Not Score

Chelsea's defence is arguably the best defensively backline in world football right now. They are yet to concede a league goal from open play this season and have only seen one ball hit the back of their net in the Premier league, Mohammed Salah's penalty.

Just like we saw in the UCL where City were restricted to only one shot on goal through out the whole 90 minutes plus added time, they could find it difficult to create chances let alone score against this well organised, tactically sound, well drilled and stubborn Chelsea's defence. Especially when you consider the fact that they don't have an out and out center forward in their team.

4. Chelsea Will See More Of The Best Chances

With just 40% ball possession in the last match, Chelsea had 3 big chances in the game. They could easily have thrashed Man City that night assuming the had a striker as lethal and ruthless like Romelu Lukaku.

Today, they will have Romelu Lukaku leading their attack and if City allow them to get the kind of chances they got last time out, they will be punished because Lukaku doesn't doesn't know what missing a chance is.

5. Chelsea Will Win & It Will Be Said That Pep Was 'Over Thinking' With His Tactics

I always find it funny whenever I hear people say that the main reason Chelsea won that UCL final was because Pep failed to play with a defensive midfielder to cover and give his back 4 the protection they needed. That he was 'over thinking' his tactics.

People forget that Pep, in the previous two meetings between the clubs just a month before the final, played with two DMs, and a DM in those games and still lost.

Tuchel don't get the credit he deserves for orchestrating the brilliant performance that saw a good City side struggle to create anything note worthy that day.

My best guess is that Chelsea will win again today and people will once again find something in Pep's tactics to use as the reason for the loss without laying much emphasis on the fact Thomas Tuchel tactics worked exceptionally well.

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