Manchester United fans are none too pleased with Pep Guardiola's subtle dig

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City have been in stunning form since the start of the season, but Hazard believes beating Atletico - Champions League finalists in two of the past four seasons - shows Chelsea can compete with anyone.

Hazard has always been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Gerrard explained why performances like last night will invite them to hound Chelsea - just as Barcelona did with Philippe Coutinho this summer.

Antonio Conte's side produced one of the best performances of the season from any English club after the Blues came from behind to win 2-1 at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

We'll just have to our best, I suppose.

"Pep is doing a great work here, using a lot of players in the squad and every player is helping Manchester City, that's the most important thing".

"The last games showed it and against a really strong team [Shakhtar], especially in the second half, the performance was wonderful".

Big players turn up in the biggest of games and for Eden Hazard, this game is made for him to spark a revival.

The manager, though, steered clear of blaming his player, saying: "I think days off are to be happy". He is likely to be available for selection after the global break when David Luiz will be in contention again, as well as he serves the final of his three-match ban that he accrued after being sent off against Arsenal two weeks ago.

The two men lock horns at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon looking to build on their impressive starts to the campaign, which has seen City collect three points more than their title rivals.

Morata's Chelsea, which is in third place, hosts Aguero's Manchester City, which leads on goal difference, on Saturday in the signature match of the seventh round (12:30 p.m., NBCSN and Universo).

"We can't replace Mendy, in the way he plays, his energy is hard to find".

"Man City will have great confidence and it will not be easy but my team has prepared well in limited time", Conte said in his presser on Friday.

He was speaking at Cobham and said: "I have great respect for Pep".

Last season the plan would have seen each club given a guaranteed £25 million in overseas TV income rather than the £39m they received, meaning 20th-placed Sunderland would have been £14m worse off. "I think and I hope that he stays well".

Guardiola suggested that Chelsea and Spurs like to play football pretty much everywhere on the pitch.

"The players are not kids, they are men, they have families, children".

'Honestly I am not anxious because I have players who try to make the best decision.

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