MATCH PREVIEW – CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER CITY. CARABAO CUP FINAL
KICK OFF: 16:30 GMT
Chelsea and Manchester City will go head to head in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday.
The Premier League Champions won the competition last year and will be looking to defend their title for the first time, while a final win would ease the pressure on Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri
The game will come two weeks after their last meeting in the Premier League, in which Manchester City demolished Chelsea with a 6-0 victory, but Manchester city Pep Guardiola does not think the game will have any bearing on Sunday’s result.
“I don’t like to play the same team in a short period of time when you have beaten them before,” he said.
” Chelsea have incredibly professional players, they are proud and bright and will do extra. We are going to play the type of game you have to play in a final and try to win the title.
“Of course it is not the most important title of the season but once we are here in an amazing stadium against a top side, we want to prepare to win.”
Chelsea made it into the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday, but manager Maurizio Sarri says his side cannot make the same sluggish start on Sunday as they did against Malmo at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “[It would be] a disaster, of course. I think that we played the first 30 minutes without confidence. Nervous. We were unable to move the ball very fast. We were in trouble on their pressing. Then a little bit better in the last 15 minutes of the first half and then, after the first goal, very well.”
John Stones (groin), Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Gabriel Jesus (hamstring) are doubtful for Sunday’s final and Guardiola refused to confirm if Arijanet Muric – who has played in goal in the previous rounds – would start ahead of Ederson.
There are also question marks over who will be Chelsea’s goalkeeper at Wembley, with Kepa Arrizabalaga missing Thursday’s Europa League game with a hamstring injury. Should he be sidelined again, former Man City goalkeeper Willy Caballero will deputise in his place.
Manchester City, 2018 winners of the League Cup against Arsenal, are looking to become only the fourth team to retain the trophy in consecutive years, after Man Utd (2009 and 2010), Liverpool (four years between 1981 and 1984) and Nottingham Forest (1978 and 1979 & 1989 and 1990).
Chelsea have already lost three times at Wembley this season, losing in the Community Shield against Manchester City and in the Premier League and League Cup semi-final against Spurs.