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CITY v CHELSEA: OPPOSITION VIEW

PUBLISHED

07:00 1st March 2016

by Ben Mouncer

CHELSEA
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Nickname: Blues
Manager: Guus Hiddink
2014-15: 1st
Ground: Stamford Bridge

IVANOVIC ON TUESDAY
Stand-in skipper Branislav Ivanovic is determined to help Chelsea achieve whatever they can between now and the end of the season.

The defending champions endured a torrid first half of the campaign but are unbeaten under interim manager Guus Hiddink in the Premier League so far.

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Previewing Tuesday's game against the Canaries, the Serbian said: "We have another game and we have to be very careful because it is another away game against a difficult opponent.

"Every time when we relax even for a few seconds we lose points so we have to go step by step. We will be focused and we will try to take everything we can from this season."

STAR PLAYER
Diego Costa has been in a hot streak of form since the turn of the year.

After initially struggling to match his goalscoring exploits from Chelsea's title-winning charge last season, Spain striker Costa has flourished under boss Guus Hiddink.

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He has found the net nine times in his last 13 matches, taking his tally for the season to 13 in all competitions.

Costa, 27, moved to Stamford Bridge in July 2014 from then La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

LAST TIME OUT
Chelsea edged closer to the top half of the Premier League table after coming from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 on Saturday.

Shane Long capitalised on a Baba Rahman error to put Saints into a deserved first half lead with a fine finish over Thibaut Courtois three minutes before the break.

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The defending champions slowly began to push their hosts back and levelled on 75 minutes when Fraser Forster misjudged a Cesc Fabregas cross, with the ball creeping into the far corner.

Branislav Ivanovic's bullet header then won it for the Blues close to the end as they rose to 11th in the standings.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Asmir Begovic, Marco Amelia, Jamal Blackman.

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry (c), Kurt Zouma, Ola Aina, Baba Rahman, Matt Miazga.

Midfielders: Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nemanja Matic, John Obi Mikel, Oscar, Pedro, Willian, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy.

Attackers
: Diego Costa, Loic Remy, Pato, Falcao.

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