Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has advised Manchester United how to beat Chelsea on Sunday by recommending them to close down the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso in the fixture.
De Bruyne met his former side in September and managed to outclass them with a superb second-half goal. The Citizens went on to win the game 1-0 and Guardiola underlined his tactical brilliance with the triumph. City obviously were the better side even though they were playing away from their home. Talking numbers, they enjoyed an impressive 62% of possession and managed a whopping 17 shots (6 on target) throughout.
Chelsea, on the other hand, could only manage 38% of ball possession which has now become their second-lowest in a home Premier League game since 2003-04. The Blues now host Manchester United in the eleventh week of the Premier League and De Bruyne, a former Blue, has suggested Jose Mourinho that his players’ positioning will be a telling factor on the evening.
“That game [against Chelsea] he [Guardiola] said to Leroy [Sane] and Raheem [Sterling] ‘you stay outside until you are in the final third and get the ball then you can do whatever you want,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports.
“In the beginning you need to try to get Azpilicueta and Alonso as deep as possible, so we get like a man advantage. Because that game we change it slightly with Kyle [Walker] coming [inside] and more playing like a 3-4-3 with [Fabian] Delph coming inside and David [Silva] playing more as a No.10. That game it was very important they [Sterling and Sane] stay wide.”
Manchester United have not won a game at Stamford Bridge since 2012 and adding to that, Chelsea have only lost once in 13 of their previous encounter against the Devils will be something to keep in mind as well.