European champions Chelsea take on Premier League title holders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a re-match of last season’s Champions League final.
When Chelsea triumphed in Porto against Pep Guardiola’s team in May, the result was considered an upset with City heavily backed to win their first Champions League.
But four months later, Thomas Tuchel’s West London side finds themselves many pundits’ favorites to win the domestic title after a hugely impressive start to the campaign.
Chelsea have won four of their opening five matches with a draw coming after a 10-man rearguard action against Liverpool at Anfield which earned as many plaudits as their victories.
They also have a 100% record against City since Tuchel took charge at Stamford Bridge in late January — winning in the FA Cup, the Premier League, and the Champions League final.
City’s start has seen them lose at Tottenham Hotspur, with a draw at home to Southampton last week leaving them three points off the leading trio – Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United.
Romelu Lukaku’s arrival from Inter Milan for £97 million has given Chelsea an extra dimension they lacked the last term – a scoring threat ahead of their creative midfielders, unmatched defensive midfield, and solid back-line.
City failed in their bid to sign an out-and-out striker in the form of Spurs’ Harry Kane and Guardiola’s team have yet to truly display the kind of fluent, attacking football for which they have been known under the Spaniard’s charge.