Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is expecting another challenging encounter from Manchester City in the Premier League today.
The Blues are in dire need of three points at the Etihad Stadium in order to move back into the top four after Manchester United leapfrogged them following their 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday.
But City also need to win in order to go back level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
Therefore, Sarri is braced for a difficult time at City and stated that the midfield battle could determine the outcome of the match.
“You know very well that the midfield of Manchester City is one of the best in the world,” Sarri told the club website.
“Not only Fernandinho but also Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and David Silva. Technically, they are the best midfield in Europe.
“Maybe we have to defend lower. It wasn’t a choice in the last game, it was a necessity that we sat deeper in the second half in the last game and this will be the same.
“We will try to play our football, but if they are able to play their football, of course, you have to stay lower.”
Sarri’s overreliance on Jorginho at the heart of the Chelsea midfield three this season has recently caused them problems with the Italian now being seen as a target man for opponents.
“[City] are able to play if you stop Fernandinho and we are also able to play if you stop Jorginho,” continued Sarri.
“We have options. So, maybe they have more options than us. I remember that in Naples it wasn’t a big problem if there was a man on Jorginho, so I hope it will be the same here.”
The last time these two teams met ended in a 2-0 win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in December.
This evening’s Premier League match between Chelsea and City will begin at 5 PM (CET).