This game pales in comparison in terms of magnitude, especially for City who have practically wrapped up their title a long time ago, and would make it official with a win here.
They would’ve already been confirmed champions had Manchester United lost to Liverpool on Sunday, but that match got postponed thanks to a fan protest at Old Trafford getting out of hand.
Unlike for City, this match could prove crucial for us in our hopes of finishing in the top-four. We do have a three-point cushion to West Ham in fifth at the moment, with a better goal difference as well, so we do have some margin for error. Losing this game wouldn’t be catastrophic, but it would increase the pressure even more.
Despite the 19-point gap currently separating them in the league, Pep Guardiola’s men will be well aware of the threat Chelsea pose to their long wait for European success.
Indeed, the Blues have already demonstrated their ability to shut down even the very best opposition since Tuchel’s arrival, remaining unbeaten against Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, both Madrid clubs and also City themselves.
Having kept their opponents at arm’s length throughout last month’s FA Cup semi-final victory, they will back themselves to put in another controlled performance as they look to lay down a marker ahead of the trip to Istanbul.