The Blues have made a fantastic start to the Premier League campaign, picking up thirteen points from a possible fifteen across their opening 5 games, with the only blemish on their record being a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, against whom they played 45 minutes with 10 men.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have ended up off the early pace set by Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea. A loss to Tottenham, combined with a 0-0 draw with Southampton, means that they sit on 10 points, and could find themselves 6 points away from the early runners should they lose to the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea handed early initiative with injury news
However, Chelsea have been handed a massive early boost in their aims to pull clear of Guardiola’s side just six games in. Although Thomas Tuchel is sweating on the fitness of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, he will have been bouyed by the news that Manchester City have injury concerns of their own.
These come in the form of defenders Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, both of whom picked up injuries while on international duty with Spain and England respectively. As per Mike McGrath of the Telegraph, neither player is set to be available for the next fortnight, which includes the trip to Chelsea, as well as games against Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool.
This means that Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias are the only recognised senior defenders at Guardiola’s disposal. Could this be something Chelsea look to target with new signing Romelu Lukaku