MX23RW : Wednesday, June 16 08:16:58| >> :60:9:9:

A look at the route taken by Chelsea and Manchester City to Champions League final

A look at the route taken by Chelsea and Man City to CL final
© Reuters
The two sides face each other in the Premier League on Saturday.

Manchester City will host Chelsea on Saturday in a Premier League match to act as a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final.

Here, the PA news agency plots the route to that European showdown in Istanbul.

Can either side keep their powder dry at the Etihad

Chelsea dismantled City 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals on April 17, putting paid to Pep Guardiola's bid for an unprecedented quadruple. City paid the price for wholesale changes for that Wembley clash, as Chelsea dominated throughout. While City could technically afford a repeat on Saturday, victory will also seal the Premier League title. Chelsea, meanwhile, are desperate for a top-four finish and must keep on chasing points. And so whatever the temptations it appears tricky for either manager to ease off this weekend.

Chelsea bid to keep the double dream alive

Defeat Brendan Rodgers' Leicester in the FA Cup final on May 15, and Chelsea will wind up gunning for a cup double. That would prove the perfect end to an initially fractious season, highlighted by Frank Lampard's sacking in January. Thomas Tuchel has whipped the Blues into superb shape, however, with major silverware now tantalisingly within reach.

City look to see out the league in style

Guardiola's men have long since been mere formalities away from winning the league. Chelsea, Newcastle, Brighton and Everton represents a relatively straightforward fixture run to close the campaign. But the league's best team will hope to make a statement in those four remaining matches, to act as a warning shot ahead of the Champions League showdown in Turkey.

Avoid the urge to tinker

Pep Guardiola File Photo
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, pictured, will know now is not the time for big changes (Trenka Atilla/PA)

Both managers will know full well that the approaches that have carried their teams to the final will be those to work best in the showpiece encounter. Now is not the time to start making big changes or even to look at touching up the tactical blueprints. The battle of wits between Guardiola and Tuchel could prove fascinating, but must surely start with both men holding their nerve in the long build-up.

ID:446292: cacheID:446292:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:7019:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel pictured on April 10, 2021
Read Next:
A look at how Thomas Tuchel has turned Chelsea's campaign around
>

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
 
5pm
Thursday, June 17, 2021
 
5pm
Friday, June 18, 2021
 
2pm
Saturday, June 19, 2021
 
2pm
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!