These Man City Players Will Not Feature Against Chelsea

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Manchester City are looking to do something they have never managed before on Sunday – retain a trophy.

City have never won the same trophy in consecutive years, but can make history at Wembley by beating Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final to add to their 2018 success in the same competition.

And to do so, Pep Guardiola must decide whether to field a strong team against their Premier League rivals, or reward the fringe players who got City to the final.

The likes of Aro Muric Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Oleks Zinchenko have been ever-present in the run to the final, but could be benched for players like Ederson, Sergio Aguero and Danilo.

Chelsea Cwill pose a threat, and will want revenge from the 6-0 defeat to City two weeks ago.

Guardiola said that John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy are all doubts for the final, after the trio missed the midweek win at Schalke.

He said: “Tomorrow (Saturday) we will see, the info I have is they are getting better but right now I cannot say if they will be ready for Sunday.”

Guardiola must also decide whether to play Muric, 20, or Ederson in goal, with the former having played every minute of City’s Carabao Cup run so far this season.

However, their opponents have not been on the same level as Chelsea, and Guardiola may opt to play Ederson instead.

Vincent Kompany returned as a substitute on Wednesday in Germany, and could feature again, hoping to emulate his goalscoring performance in last season’s 3-0 final win over Arsenal.

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In terms of suspensions, a new rule introduced this season saw bookings and red cards received in the Carabao Cup only count in the competition.

No player from either side is suspended for the game, and any bookings picked up won’t bring any suspensions as they are wiped after Sunday’s final.

For Chelsea, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is a doubt with a hamstring injury which forced him out of Thursday’s Europa League victory with Malmo.

If he isn’t fit enough to feature it means former City stopper and hero of the 2014 League Cup final penalty shootout win over Liverpool, Willy Caballero, will play instead.

Pedro and Davide Zappacosta also sat out of Chelsea‘s Europa Leagye game with a stomach bug and flu, respectively, and are slight doubts for the match.

Danny Drinkwater and Garry Cahill are also suffering with injuries but they’ve been frozen out of the side by under pressure boss Mauizio Sarri and it’s unlikely that they’d feature anyway.

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