Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Hope for Capital Gain as Luiz Misses Out

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Hope for Capital Gain as Luiz Misses Out

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CHELSEA are set to be without a key defender when they take on City at the end of the month.

Pep Guardiola has highlighted the fixture as a critical test of how far the Blues have progressed.

They lost both meetings with Antonio Conte's team last season, and Guardiola brought up the home defeat on numerous examples as an example of where City's season derailed.

Having thrown away a lead to lose on that December day, they would not get close to the London club again.

City's mentality in their past three games has pleased the manager, who has described their approach as a step forward.

"We will see when we face the last champions what is our level," he said. "But I think we make a step forward in terms of last season."

And when they test themselves at the home of the champions in a fortnight, David Luiz won't be lining up against them. …

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