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Manager Watch: Mourinho vs. Guardiola

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Jose Mourinho vs. Pep Guardiola: Man United and City manager watch

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has vowed to go on the attack when Chelsea arrive at the Etihad.

Manchester United and Manchester City landed two of the biggest managers in the game this summer. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will resume their battle in the Premier League and ESPN FC is keeping a close eye on them.

Our correspondents Arindam Rej (United) and Jonathan Smith (City) bring us the latest weekly look at what both men have been saying.

Weekend match expectations

JS: This is Guardiola's biggest test in the Premier League since he took over in the summer, and it promises to be...

Guardiola vs. Conte a clash of the super coaches in Man City vs. Chelsea

The ESPN FC crew look at the key battles in Manchester City vs. Chelsea.

Few things catch Pep Guardiola by surprise, and Antonio Conte enjoying swift success at Chelsea certainly wasn't one of them.

Writing in "Pep Guardiola: The Evolution", Spanish journalist Marti Perarnau said of the Manchester City manager: "In private, Pep's gone as far as identifying Chelsea as one of the favourites to win the league this year.

"The team has a superb coach, excellent players, and a preferential calendar without any European competition and therefore lots and lots of time to concentrate...

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Conte, Guardiola face off for the first time; Pardew in trouble at Palace?

Preview the Saturday fixtures in the Premier League, headlined by a fight for the top between Chelsea and Man City.
Get caught up on the Sunday Premier League matches, with Man United looking to stay in the hunt of the top four.
Don Hutchison breaks down the key tactical battles between table-topping Chelsea and Manchester City.
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and former Premier League defender Paul Parker discuss Man United's EFL Cup triumph over West Ham.

W2W4 previews the weekend's Premier League fixtures and highlights five key storylines.

New faces in burgeoning rivalry

Since the start of this decade, the two most constant Premier League forces have been Manchester City and Chelsea. Both have collected two titles apiece, Chelsea in 2009-10 and 2014-15, City in 2011-12 and 2013-14. 

This is not a historic rivalry, as both clubs only truly rose to prominence in the 21st century, both by virtue of heavy investment by foreign benefactors....

 By Michael Cox

Tactical chameleon Guardiola should opt for tradition vs. Conte's Chelsea

The Exploding Heads build up the hype ahead of week 14's most enticing clash of Manchester City vs. Chelsea.
Don Hutchison breaks down the key tactical battles between table-topping Chelsea and Manchester City.
Craig Burley says while Antonio Conte's system is thriving, Man City are still his title favourites.

Earlier this week, Magnus Carlsen defeated Sergey Karjakin to retain the world chess championship in the most eagerly anticipated and widely covered match for years.

Always reluctant to be overshadowed, the forthcoming Premier League weekend starts with its equivalent: an intriguing meeting between Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and Antonio Conte's Chelsea. These two grandmasters will serve up a fascinating tactical battle.

Early in Guardiola's managerial career, the tactical battle ahead of major...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Premier League summit showdown as Manchester City face leaders Chelsea

Franck Leboeuf says the outcome in Manchester City vs. Chelsea could be a turning point in the title race.

It's a massive match this Saturday as leaders Chelsea host third-placed Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. 

Antonio Conte's men have enjoyed a strong campaign so far while Pep Guardiola's men are just one point behind following a run of seven wins in a row. Liverpool, who travel to Bournemouth on Sunday, will be paying close attention to events at the Bridge as they could capitalise on any slip ups from either side.

Manchester United travel to Everton in desperate need of a victory having...

Conte's road to restoring Chelsea to former heights will be long and difficult

The Exploding Heads build up the hype ahead of week 14's most enticing clash of Manchester City vs. Chelsea.
Don Hutchison breaks down the key tactical battles between table-topping Chelsea and Manchester City.
A Sergio Aguero hat trick propelled Man City over Chelsea last season, but will the tides change under Antonio Conte?
ESPN FC's Frank Lebeouf believes Man City and Chelsea's hopes for the title could rest on their matchup at the weekend.

After a run that has seen victories secured against the likes of Leicester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea face their greatest challenge on Saturday: a trip to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. With an astonishing seven wins, all claimed for the concession of just a single goal, confidence is high and rightly so. The transformation that Antonio Conte has effected on what looked a shapeless, aimless Chelsea side is extraordinary. But how long can it last?

There is so much to...