City looks to seal Premier League title in Champions League dress rehearsal

Victory over Chelsea would allow Manchester City to open up an insurmountable 16-point lead over second-placed Man United, which has just five matches remaining.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City (L) will take on Thomas Tuchel-managed Chelsea in a 2020-21 Premier League game on Saturday (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Manchester City will be crowned Premier League champion if it beats Chelsea on Saturday in a game which is now a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final.

Victory at the Etihad Stadium would allow Pep Guardiola's City side to open up an insurmountable 16-point lead over second-placed Manchester United, which just has five games remaining.

But while the title is now a formality for City, the Chelsea game takes on extra significance after the two clubs earned their places in the May 29th Champions League final in Istanbul.

City was hugely impressive in a 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday which secured a 4-1 aggregate victory and its first ever place in Europe's biggest club match.

Chelsea comfortably dealt with Real Madrid on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge setting up the all-English final.

German coach Thomas Tuchel has had an extraordinary impact on Chelsea since joining the club three months ago and can also look forward to an FA Cup final against Leicester City on May 15.

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The West London club reached that final by beating Manchester City in the semifinal and that result is fresh in Tuchel's mind.

"This doesn’t give us the upper hand but it gives us a good feeling, it gives us self-confidence," said Tuchel, who has described City as the benchmark for his team.

"We wanted to close the gap to Manchester City and in this one match in the semifinal we did in a very impressive performance, and we will need exactly the same level of performance again. But it gave us belief," he said.

Chelsea also has plenty to play for on Saturday as it looks to secure a top-four finish and guarantee a place in next season's Champions League.

Tuchel's side is currently in fourth place but has just a three-point advantage over fifth-placed West Ham United. On Sunday, Manchester United starts a run of three games in five days, with a trip to Aston Villa.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side has a crammed fixture list next week after violent fan protests forced the postponement of last Sunday's match with Liverpool. United hosts Leicester at Old Trafford on Tuesday with the rearranged Liverpool match 48 hours later.

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