Man City vs Chelsea Team news: Graham Potter, the manager of Chelsea, shouldn’t be afraid to make a few adjustments for Wednesday’s EFL Cup third-round matchup with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Wesley Fofana, Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, and Kepa Arrizabalaga are still out injured for the Blues. Carney Chukwuemeka also has a hamstring injury, while Jorginho is questionable with a foot ailment.
Chelsea’s possible starting lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Koulibaly, Cucurella; Gallagher, Zakaria, Kovacic; Ziyech, Broja, Pulisic
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Thiago Silva will be replaced at the back by Kalidou Koulibaly, but Trevoh Chalobah, Marc Cucurella, and Cesar Azpilicueta may all keep their positions if alternative choices aren’t available.
In order to manage his knee injury, Mateo Kovacic was only given consideration for a seat on the bench during the team’s loss to Arsenal. However, the Croatian midfielder may now play with Denis Zakaria, Conor Gallagher, and 18-year-old Lewis Hall in a rotating lineup.
Following Gabriel Magalhaes’ 63rd-minute victory against his former team, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was substituted, and it is expected that Armando Broja will take his position in the attack.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola sheds new light on Erling Haaland injury ahead of Chelsea tie
Erling Haaland’s ligament issue has been verified by Pep Guardiola, and he is questionable for Manchester City’s final matches before the World Cup.
“He’s not perfect still,” the former Barcelona boss told reporters. “So we’ll see tomorrow and next Saturday, but he’s getting better. The important thing is that the bone is not broken, it’s not damaged. It’s just the ligaments that are damaged a little bit.
“It’s not perfect right now but in a week or ten days, everything can change. If he feels good he can play with the national team, it’s so important for the players. I never worry about the players when they are fit to play with the national team.”
How Manchester City could line up against Chelsea
Man City vs Chelsea Team news: Due to Cancelo’s ban, 17-year-old Rico Lewis can start from the opening whistle. This season, the youngster previously scored against Sevilla in Champions League play.
Lewis may be a part of a rotated city backline, with Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Gomez, and Stefan Ortega all possibly getting starts after sitting out the weekend’s victory over Fulham.
Rodri is unlikely to receive any relief, but when Guardiola significantly changes his lineup, Cole Palmer and Phil Foden are prepared to replace Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.
While Erling Braut Haaland was able to score a last-second winner against Fulham after coming off the bench, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see Julian Alvarez continue up top given that the Norwegian is still not fully recovered. Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish could serve as City’s wide outlets.
Man City’s possible starting lineup: Ortega; Lewis, Dias, Laporte, Gomez; Palmer, Rodri, Foden; Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish