Antonio Conte told why fatigue won’t be an issue in Chelsea v Man City

Danny Mills is adamant that fatigue won't be a problem for Chelsea when Manchester City make the trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Danny Mills doesn’t believe Chelsea will struggle with fatigue when the defending champions host title favourites Manchester City on Saturday evening.

Chelsea were 2-1 winners against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday to produce what has been recognised as the best performance from an English club in Europe so far this season.

David Luiz conceded a first-half penalty to allow France international Antoine Griezmann to score from the penalty spot against the run of play in the Spanish capital.

However, Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata combined brilliantly to unlock Diego Simeone’s defence as the ex Real Madrid striker scored his first Champions League goal of the season.

And the English champions struck in the third minute of added time through Michy Batshuayi to secure a vital three points before their double header against AS Roma.

Conte, though, is unhappy that Chelsea are back in Premier League action just under 72 hours after their Champions League exploits in Madrid.

But ex-Manchester City defender Mills doesn’t expect Chelsea to suffer with tiredness at Stamford Bridge given the size of the fixture on Saturday evening.

“The fact they’ve got Manchester City refocuses them,” Mills told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“If they had a team they were expected to beat at the bottom of the table, maybe they’d take their foot off the gas.

“They had to raise their level [against Atletico Madrid] to a huge intensity – and now they’ve got to go again.”

Manchester City have earned 16 points from their opening six games after scoring 21 times and conceding two goals.

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