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Man City vs Chelsea: Twitter Themes
Before their all-English UEFA Champions League final, Man City and Chelsea meet in the Premier League this weekend with the title and top four at stake
By Craig Humpage
Football Writer, Sporticos
Published on Friday 7 May 2021
Manchester City and Chelsea booked their places in the Champions League final in Istanbul this week with victories over Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid respectively. As luck would have it, they meet on Saturday in the Premier League in what many will see as a dress rehearsal for the big one. While this match could tell us a lot about what to expect from the final, it isn't just about that. Both teams have a lot to play for aside from getting a mental edge over their opponents. Man City can wrap up the league title with a win at home, and Chelsea need to win to keep West Ham, Spurs and Liverpool off their tail in the race for the top four. Both managers will be desperate to win.
We took a look at some of the more common themes on Twitter to see what we could expect from the game:
What will this game mean for the Champions League Final?
No doubt fans of the Premier League will be happy to see another all-English final, just as we saw two years ago. In fact, no other league has produced more than the Premier League. Neutrals should be excited about that. The happy coincidence that these two are playing this weekend should add a lot more intrigue to the tie. Whoever wins will probably be seen as favourites going into the final and will definitely have that psychological boost. Chelsea already knocked City out of the FA Cup last month and Pep will be desperate to even the score. If Tuchel can outsmart him again as he did in Chelsea's 1-0 win at Wembley, that would be 2-0 to the German at Chelsea. That being said, April's win was his first over Guardiola in six attempts so the Spaniard will be confident he still has the upper hand. This will be easily the most hotly anticipated fixture of the weekend in England.
Chelsea have become a defensive unit under Tuchel
The transformation of the Blues' defence under their new German coach has been astronomical. They went 14 games unbeaten after his arrival in the dugout, conceding just two goals in the process. Then followed that calamitous 5-2 defeat to West Brom which many saw as the sign that the wheels had finally come off. How wrong they were. It's clear to see now that it was just a blip. In their nine matches since then, they've conceded three goals, while beating the likes of Man City, FC Porto and Real Madrid. They shipped more goals than ten other teams in the top flight last season, yet somehow Tuchel has turned them into a monster. With one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, N'Golo Kante, sitting in front of a defence marshalled by Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy proving a revelation between the sticks, they are set up to keep anyone out. They are simply too strong for most teams.
Last season, Chelsea allowed more goals (54) than 10 Premier League teams.— Matchday365 ⚽️ (@Matchday365) May 5, 2021
This season, they have clean sheets vs:
🇪🇸 Real Madrid
🇪🇸 Atletico Madrid
🏴 Man City
🏴 Man Utd x2
🏴 Tottenham x2
Unreal transformation 👏 pic.twitter.com/7GDbOwAihg
Guardiola can play the Ruben Dias Card
Man City are no slouches at the back themselves. Pep Guardiola's teams are not always heralded for their defensive attributes but if you look back his most successful sides have been built upon fantastic players at the back from Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol to David Alaba and Jerome Boateng. When he arrived in Manchester, he had former captain Vincent Kompany to rely on. They were all amazing players with different attributes but you could say that none of them were quite like Ruben Dias. It's difficult to think of another player who has had the same impact in his first Premier League season. He's strong, commanding, committed and he's quality on the ball - everything Pep needs. It is mostly thanks to him that City have the best defensive record in the league, and while their attacking players often get the credit, the success of their team is completely dependent upon the foundation laid by him and a rejuvenated John Stones. City can defend too.
PSG’s, last shot on target against Guardiola’s Man City, was in the 28th minute in the first of the first leg— The Pep (@GuardiolaTweets) May 5, 2021
Pep “When we attack good, we defend well, and when we defend well and we are solid, we attack better."
#Pep #DefendingWithTheBall pic.twitter.com/9tJWFvYOUH
Can Chelsea handle the pressure as they fight for fourth?
Guardiola's side would love to wrap up the title this weekend but the fact remains that they could almost certainly lose all their remaining Premier League games this season and still be crowned champions. For them these coming matches will be all about building consistency, confidence and form. Chelsea, on the other hand, very much need a win on Saturday. Their nearest rivals in the hunt for the Champions League, West Ham, are only three points behind them and if Chelsea lose here that will give their London rivals all the inspiration they need to go out and beat Everton on Sunday and move level. The Hammers have a very easy run in when compared to the Stamford Bridge side who have Leicester, Arsenal and Aston Villa still to come. Then there's the matter of Spurs and Liverpool who are also still in touching distance. This weekend is going to be seismic in the race for the top four.
.@ManCity will be crowned #PremierLeague champions for the fifth time in 10 years with three games to spare if they beat fourth-placed @ChelseaFC, who are threatened by @WestHam, @SpursOfficial and @LFC@IOLsport https://t.co/w7DNJMoIxf— IOL News (@IOL) May 7, 2021
Will Academy Graduates Foden and Mount make the difference?
You can say so many great things about both sides. They've both made huge progress in recent months. One thing in particular which will please fans of both teams, and England fans alike, has been the rise of academy boys Phil Foden at Man City and Mason Mount at Chelsea. Both have stepped up to the plate on big occasions and look like they've been doing it at the highest level for a long, long time. This will be yet another big opportunity for the two youngsters to put on a show and make their case to start for England at Euro 2020 this summer. They will hope they can propel their teams to their respective targets while they're at it. Will it be Foden or Mount who pushes their team to victory on Saturday?
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