Man City Vs Chelsea Live Football Match Score 8/1/2023
Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips has “improved his level” and may play in Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Chelsea, says manager Pep Guardiola. Guardiola criticised Phillips for being overweight on his return from England World Cup duty in December. Phillips, a £45m signing from Leeds last summer, has played less than 10 minutes in the Premier League for City. “I had the feeling last week that he’s back,” said Guardiola. “It will maybe be a good lesson for him for the future. I have the feeling that a football player has to be, for 12 months, perfect. Even in holidays you have to be perfect. “You can enjoy, you can do whatever you want, but you have to be ready because this level is so demanding. You have to play every three days, you have to be fit, and when you’re not fit, nothing.
“In the last week, or days, he improved his level. In the Carabao Cup (quarter-final against Southampton on Wednesday) he is going to play and Sunday we will see.” FA Cup third-round talking points: Chelsea face imperious Manchester City again, Emile Smith Rowe return boosts Arsenal’s attack Our writers discuss this weekend’s FA Cup third-round prospects, as Chelsea clash with Man City for the second time this week, while Emile Smith Rowe provides a welcome boost to Arsenal’s attacking options. Kai Havertz adorned the matchday programme for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester City on Thursday and it was a reminder of his famous winner in Porto, which clinched his side the Champions League title in 2021. A lot has changed since that night – and this week’s defeat means Chelsea have now lost four on the spin to City without scoring since that final.
This time, the gap between the two sides at Stamford Bridge may have only been one goal but in terms of strength, quality, depth, fitness and form the difference is sizeable. And that makes Chelsea’s task of trying to break their losing run against City in the FA Cup this Sunday all the more difficult. They’ve already been beaten at the Etihad in the Carabao Cup and their chances on Sunday were further hit by more additions to their injury list, with Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic forced off in the first half against City. Mason Mount had missed the fixture entirely after picking up a knock in training and while there is hope he could be back in time for the weekend, Graham Potter’s options look limited in comparison with what Pep Guardiola can call upon.
Jamie Carragher’s pre-match comments about Chelsea spending hundreds of millions of pounds and only ending up further away from where they want to be felt poignant. There certainly hasn’t been the kick-on from that Champions League success that their supporters would have hoped for. So how do Chelsea reverse their latest defeat to Man City in the space of four days? They will have to keep Erling Haaland quiet again and bring their youthful energy and intensity in midfield once more – but Potter can’t magic up a more clinical attack and that looks to be where Chelsea’s progress could come unstuck again. They hit a post with Carney Chukwuemeka at Stamford Bridge but their struggles in the final third have become a chronic problem.
Perhaps Havertz can come up with a special moment to stun Man City once more, as he did in that Champions League final… They reached the FA Cup final last season but they may need something special to get past the third round this time. Mikel Arteta is expected to rotate heavily for his side’s meeting with Oxford United and supporters will have a particularly keen eye on the returning Emile Smith Rowe. The 22-year-old’s playing time this season amounts to just 46 minutes having been forced to undergo groin surgery in September. He has not started a game since the 2-0 loss to Newcastle in May. His presence has been missed, particularly recently, with Arteta lacking offensive options across his front line but most notably behind Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka in the wide positions.