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Chelsea FC XI vs Man City: predicted roster, confirmed squad news, Covid and latest Premier League injuries

This means Malang Sarr will likely have to move into a three-way defense – or be played out of position at left-back if Chelsea transition to a four-way defense.

At least Thiago Silva is available after recovering from his own fight against Covid and coming into play against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

The return of N’Golo Kante, which is also set to begin, is another boost for Chelsea, who have been hit hard by injuries and the Covid this season.

“The biggest difference so far in the season as far as I’m concerned is that they’ve handled the injuries and the Covid situation better,” he said.

“Maybe it’s luck, maybe they do it better, whatever, but they have fewer injuries from key players, fewer absent players and fewer weeks they miss them. And they did not suffer from the Covid like we did for many weeks.

“So that’s a huge difference. Because we had draws in the season that were unnecessary, and if you have the full squad you create a certain atmosphere that pushes everyone to their limits.

“And you have to be at the forefront and at the highest level if you want to compete with Man City.

“They are the benchmark, they are the best team in England right now.

“This is something we have to realistically admit.”

Chelsea predicted XI; Sarr, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kanté, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi; Mount, Lukaku, Ziyech

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