Sep 21, 2014 at 4pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
1-1
Chelsea
Lampard (85')
Fernandinho (12'), Zabaleta (32'), Silva (40'), Toure (44')
Zabaleta (66')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Schurrle (71')
Ramires (35'), Matic (39'), Costa (66'), Ivanovic (77')

Fernandinho: 'We must beat Chelsea'

Fernandinho believes that Manchester City have to beat Chelsea on Sunday to ensure the gap between the two sides is not too wide early in the season.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has suggested that Sunday's clash with Chelsea is already a must-win game for the Premier League champions.

Chelsea's perfect start to the new campaign has earned them a five-point advantage over City, who currently sit fifth in the table, and Fernandinho is adamant that Manuel Pellegrini's side must not lose further ground on their title rivals.

"In the Premier League the most important thing is not to give the team at the top of the table reasons to keep winning game after game," the Brazilian told reporters.

"We don't want a big space between us. We have to win because there are five points difference between us and Chelsea. We have to shorten it.

"Against Chelsea we have to win, to keep working and keep going until we are top of the table."

Man City lost both of their league games to Chelsea last season.

Can City beat high-flying Chelsea?

Yes
No
Yes
22.2%
No
77.8%
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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
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13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
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16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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