Over the last few weeks, the engrossing Premier League title race has taken centre stage with Leicester City coasting away with the title and that of course will depend on the outcome of their five remaining tough matches.
Tottenham and Arsenal are not relenting in the quest to lay claim to the title. While Tottenham may be considered strong contender, Arsenal, according to soccer pundits may be chasing the shadow behind Leicester and Spurs.
Today’s game between great rivals, Chelsea and Manchester City, two Super Eagles of Nigeria players, John Mikel Obi and Kelechi Iheanacho at the Stamford Bridge will certainly steal the headlines, as either side is capable of upsetting one another.
The battle is a head to head between the fallen heavyweights of the Premier League and still its reigning champions and the side who remain England’s last hope in the Champions League.
The Citizens head into today’s game on the back of their magnificent midweek triumph over Paris Saint-Germain.
While the French champions saw off Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea in the Round of 16 to advance to the final eight, Laurent Blanc’s side were unable to do the business against Manchester City.
Meanwhile, tongues have been wagging suggesting that the French side, PSG sabotaged their own Champions League chances following the manager’s decision to opt for an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation for the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, but Manuel Pellegrini’s side deserve immense credit for having held their nerve to see off the tie.
City are in uncharted territory in Europe, but in Kevin De Bruyne, they possess a player capable of deciding contests with a magical moment of creativity, a splash of technical brilliance or a visionary pass.
The Belgium international, returning to his best after a devastating injury, settled the second leg against PSG, and will be desperate to do the same against Chelsea.
Chelsea then under the guidance of Jose Mourinho opted to cash in on the precocious playmaker in 2014, selling him to Wolfsburg, where he went on to contribute 20 assists and 10 goals as the Wolves rose to second in the Bundesliga last year.
De Bruyne has a point to prove, and one should not be surprised to see him compound his former employers’ woes when City visit Stamford Bridge today.
In light of City’s midweek exertions, it would be little surprise if Pellegrini shuffled his pack and used the explore the depth and breadth of his squad.
Do not be surprised to see Yaya Toure, Fabian Delph, Pablo Zabaleta and Nigerian wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho given a run out on Chelsea, who will themselves be looking to respond from last weekend’s chastening defeat by Swansea City, their third in five matches.
These two giants may not be competing for the major honours domestically this season, but expect this pair to put on a show today.


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