On Sunday, Manchester City and Chelsea will play each other for the third time in two months and the second time in four days. It will be the third round of the FA Cup.
Pep Guardiola’s team went to Stamford Bridge for Thursday’s Premier League match and won 1-0, even though they were under pressure for most of the game.
Guardiola didn’t make any changes until the 87th minute of his team’s draw with Everton. He seemed to have learned his lesson, because he made early changes at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea’s promising moments didn’t pay off.
Three minutes after both Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez came on as substitutes, Riyad Mahrez scored the game-winning goal for the champions by tapping it in at the back post after being set up by Grealish. This cut the gap between the champions and the leaders Arsenal back to five points.
Guardiola’s main goal right now is to catch up to Mikel Arteta, a former student of his. However, the Catalan coach should be able to lead his team all the way to FA Cup glory, since he has only won the cup once since taking over in 2019.