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    4 Ways Pep Guardiola can defeat Chelsea

    4 Ways Pep Guardiola can defeat Chelsea 
    4 Ways Pep Guardiola can defeat Chelsea

    Chelsea has won the last three games against Man City in all competitions, with Tuchel becoming only the second manager after Jurgen Klopp to do so (no one has managed four consecutive wins against Guardiola).

    The Blues could also become the first club in Guardiola’s managerial career to defeat him ten times, an unfavorable record for the Catalan coach.


    So, how can Guardiola use his previous experience to avoid this happening on Saturday?


    1. Do not take a high line:

    The Blues have scored four goals in Man City’s three games against Tuchel’s Chelsea since the German took over in January. Two 1-0 defeats in the FA Cup and Champions League, as well as a 2-1 loss at home in the Premier League, slowed their ascension slightly.


    The 2-1 defeat in the Premier League was unusual for a number of reasons. Chelsea scored both goals by exploiting their right flank, an issue that Man City can only really address in the transfer window. However, the other two goals in the 1-0 victories highlight a problem that the champions can address right now.



    2. Go with the 4-2-3-1:

    Man City had 60.4 percent possession in the Champions League final. Much of this is due to Chelsea’s relatively early goal, but City ultimately had fewer shots than an opponent content to sit back and defend their first-half lead.


    Man City can push four players forward with two holding midfielders to be fluid in attack without exposing their own defense. When Chelsea has the ball close to their own area, one of the two deeper players could even push forward to press Chelsea and force the Blues’ backline into an error (the best way to score against them).


    3. Start Fernandinho:

    So, with the 4-2-3-1 formation, you need the right personnel, and unfortunately, Rodri will be unavailable for the trip to Stamford Bridge due to injury, making starting Fernandinho even more important.


    The biggest criticism leveled at the Champions League final came before a single ball was kicked, when the two starting XIs were announced. Guardiola chose not to start Rodri or Fernandinho, instead starting Ilkay Gundogan as the central midfielder alongside Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva in a 4-3-3 formation. And they were ripped apart.



    4. Be very clinical:

    This is easier said than done, and it is something Guardiola should emphasize to his players rather than himself. However, while Chelsea has scored four goals in three games against Manchester City under Tuchel, they have only conceded one, in a 2-1 Premier League win.


    Contrary to popular belief, the only game in which they scored serves as the best example of how Man City’s lack of clinical finishing works against them. Just before halftime at the Etihad, the two sides appeared to be level when Raheem Sterling put the home side ahead from close range.



    Read Also: Chelsea players ratings as the blues batter Tottenham

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