wnol.info January 19 2018

Guardiola: City players will decide their own futures

January 19 2018, 05:31 | Alonzo Simpson

Victory was the Tigers' fifth in six home league games and lifted them two points above Swansea, while Boro, without a league win since December 17, appear destined for a return to the Sky Bet Championship.

At the other end, Caballero did dive correctly to save Hazard's penalty nine minutes later but the winger was primed to slot in the rebound in the 35th minute as Chelsea completed the double over City this season.

Courtois saved after Aguero played a one-two with Silva and ran at Chelsea, who responded.

"Ditto Chelsea, to avoid a blip becoming a wobble becoming a crisis".

"We stay there and we want to keep this position".

Kick off at Stamford Bridge is at 8pm. These teams have a clear identity. "It's a good lesson for me to see his teams and learn from them".

With news of Tottenham's late revival in Wales filtering through, there was palpable tension in the air and a huge sigh of relief swept Stamford Bridge in stoppage time when City defender John Stones blazed over with the goal gaping.

However, Pep Guardiola's team have been nearly as capricious as Arsenal this season, unstoppable one week and completely flat the next, and Chelsea should be favourites at home.

With a game against fourth-place Manchester City on Wednesday, Chelsea fans are beginning to worry whether the Blues prematurely dubbed themselves champions.

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Both sides will be looking back to a year ago for comfort, with Chelsea winning 3-1 at the Etihad in December while City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April against an off-form home side with very little to play for.

Thibaut Courtois insists Chelsea are determined not to blow their chance of winning the Premier League.

The two teams have split their last two league meetings.

Chelsea are now seven point above Tottenham and know another defeat could blow the title race wide open.

All five of Chelsea's league and cup defeats this season have come in London.

"In England, there does not exist an easy game", Conte declared.

Diego Costa also retains the faith of Antonio Conte as the Spain global starts up front in the hope of recovering his early season form.

Pep Guardiola has never previously lost both league games against a single opponent in a season as a manager in his career so far.

Kevin de Bruyne has assisted 13 goals for City in all competitions this season, one more than he managed last term.

Eden Hazard was the star of the show, scoring either side of a Sergio Aguero strike.

That made Coutinho the joint highest Brazilian scorer in Premier League history, alongside former Middlesbrough playmaker Juninho, with 29 goals.

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