After securing qualification in the Champions League earlier in the week, Man City return to Premier League action as they meet Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester City are back to topping the League and will go into tomorrow’s game in that position as Tottenham lost their game against Wolves, 2-1, and will finish this weekend without regaining their top spot.
“John Stones is injured; he will not be ready for tomorrow. We will see after the international break. It’s not that bad, but I still don’t know. When he is fit again, he will be back.”
Disappointing for Stones, who now remains out for the club, but the positive side is that he may not be away for too long.
Another name who was a doubt is Manuel Akanji, “Akanji trained and will travel for Sunday. He is available.” Certainly, a relief that Akanji will be included on the squad that faces Chelsea and remains an option for Pep’s line-up.
While Kevin De Bruyne has been sidelined for the past few months, fans are eager to know when their Belgian midfielder will make his very-anticipated return, “De Bruyne feels good. He hasn’t trained with us yet, and I don’t know when he will. I’d say he’s in the last phase before he trains again. I think soon, but I don’t know. Just go step by step.”
City will be heavily favoured to come out of this fixture with the three points, but Pep believes that Chelsea are still one of the most important clubs, showing he won’t dismiss this task ahead of them despite City being the more likely to earn a win.
Predicted line up:
Walker, Dias, Ake, Gvardiol
Doku, Alavarez, Foden
Chelsea 0-2 Man City