Manchester United are likely to welcome back captain Wayne Rooney from suspension for their visit to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, hoping the striker can add to his record scoring tally in the derby.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said playing in an empty stadium won`t help his side when they travel to Russia for their potentially decisive Champions League match against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
Tottenham Hotspur are a different proposition to last season`s whipping boys and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini does not expect to hand them another Premier League drubbing at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino likes to erase bad memories and cherish good ones and it is a trait he hopes his players have acquired ahead of Saturday`s clash at Premier League champions Manchester City.
In case they needed it, the short trip to Crystal Palace will re-focus Chelsea`s globe-trotting players on matters at home as the Premier League slips back into gear this weekend after the second international break of the season.
After having maximum impact in shaping Manchester City's Premier League title winning campaign last season, Yaya Toure has failed to continue in the same vein. The former Barcelona midfielder was criticised by pundits and fans alike for a poor performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League match-day one encounter in Munich on Wednesday in which the visitors lost 0-1.
Manchester City football team manager Manuel Pellegrini has challenged striker Sergio Aguero to bag the Ballon D'Or and smash the prestigious award's domination of La Liga duo Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.