City wary of Maurizio Sarri’s side, whose win in December started a run of three defeats in four games for the champions
There can be no respite for a title-chasing team with four league defeats by February and, though Manchester City have recovered impressively to close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, Sunday’s visit of Chelsea is a reminder of where things started to go wrong.
People were still talking about City going through the season unbeaten when Chelsea won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in December. A raft of speculative features about who could possibly stop Pep Guardiola’s winning machine suddenly became redundant when Crystal Palace and Leicester added their names to the list in the same month.
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