Chelsea, City eye perfect start to new year

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2020-21 English Premier League

Matchday 17 of 38

Chelsea vs Manchester City 

Stamford Bridge  
London, England
Sunday, 03 January 2021
Kick-off is at 18:30
Chelsea and Manchester City will be aiming for the perfect start to the new year when they meet in a 2020-21 English Premier League match on Sunday. 
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
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The Blues head into back-to-back home games versus Aston Villa and City following a surprise 3-1 loss away to Arsenal. Manager Frank Lampard lamented his side's performance at Emirates Stadium as they fell to a third straight defeat on the road. 
"We fought ... but in the first half we gave ourselves too much to do... I'll take responsibility on the outside but the players also have to take responsibility," Lampard said. 

"The message was clear, Arsenal are a dangerous team. When you go out and play 60% or 70% then you're not going to win any Premier League games."
City travel to Merseyside to take on Everton before setting their sights on Chelsea as they aim to build on their good run of form. While the Cityzens' defence remains resolute, they have yet to hit top form in front of goal and manager Pep Guardiola believes that they will only start scoring more goals if their performances improve. 
"Our game has to come back because the goals don't come as a present from Santa Claus. They come from our performances," Guardiola said. 

"There is no doubt about our mentality. We have to refresh our philosophy and there are things to readjust.

"The challenge right now is to score more goals and we will improve our level game by game."
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne 
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Goals from Christian Pulisic and Willian spearheaded Chelsea to a 2-1 win over City in the corresponding fixture last season, in a match in which Fernandinho received his marching orders. The result in London followed a 2-1 win for City at Etihad Stadium with goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez leading the hosts to victory. 

Chelsea vs Manchester City head-to-head statistics:

Matches played: 150
Chelsea wins: 59
Manchester City wins: 53 
Draws: 38

English Premier League fixtures, matchday 17: 

Friday, 01 January  
19:30 - Everton vs West Ham United 
22:00 - Manchester United vs Aston Villa 
Saturday, 02 January 
14:30 - Tottenham Hotspur vs Leeds United 
17:00 - Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United 
19:30 - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Wolves 
22:00 - West Brom vs Arsenal 
Sunday, 03 January 
14:00 - Burnley vs Fulham 
16:15 - Newcastle United vs Leicester City 
18:30 - Chelsea vs Manchester City 
Monday, 04 January 
22:00 - Southampton vs Liverpool 

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Published: 12/30/2020