The standout fixture in the Premier League weekend is no doubt taking centre stage at Stamford Bridge this weekend as first place Chelsea take on second place Manchester City. After such a shocking FA Cup result for both these two heavyweights, both managers have a chance to put that result out of their system.
Chelsea v Manchester City: Losing at home to Bradford and Middlesbrough wasn’t on either side’s agenda last weekend but that’s exactly what happened in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Unlike Chelsea, Manchester City didn’t have the bonus of making amends midweek. Chelsea managed to progress into the final of the Capital One Cup with an extra time victory over Liverpool. That will restore some of the pride and confidence of the players that would’ve taken a massive blow with the 4-2 defeat to Bradford despite being 2-0 up.
Manuel Pellegrini would’ve also had a firm eye on the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday night as Ivory Coast faced a decider against Cameroon. A defeat would’ve knocked them out of the competition and influential midfielder, Yaya Toure would’ve been on the first plane back to the Etihad Stadium. New signing Wilfried Bony will also be on Pellegrini’s priorities list but unfortunately for the Chilean, Ivory Coast scraped a narrow 1-0 victory and are therefore into the knockout stages of the ACON. [Read more…]