Thomas Tuchel’s confident comments ahead of Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night showed that perhaps his side are not so far ahead of Manchester United ’s.
The Blues were beaten 1-0 by the Gunners thanks to Emile Smith Rowe’s tap in, as they failed to take their chances in a game they should never have lost.
And that was reflected in Tuchel’s line up, having made seven changes to the side that won at the Etihad Stadium.
The German appeared to be convinced that it would not have an adverse affect on his side, though the result suggests otherwise.
“You scared me now! Seven from the City game?” he said on Sky Sports.
“It didn’t feel like we had so many changes, but some of them were out for just one match so they still have two matches in a week.
“We think we have a strong line-up today. If it’s seven it’s a lot, I agree, but it does not feel like we have a completely inexperienced squad out there.
“They’re used to playing in this shape and this line-up so we trust them.”
Manchester United had suffered a 2-1 defeat at Leicester earlier in the week after handing starts to youngsters Anthony Elanga and Amad in the important wing positions.
And Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand admitted the performances showed that there are real concerns about his former side’s strength in depth.
“I think it’s evident,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
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“You see the team, if you change the squad. Man City can do this. They’d come here today and be comfortable, wouldn’t look like a team out of sorts, being thrown together.
“Man United today had young kids playing, the two wide boys, very inexperienced. Man City change their team like this and they just look like the first Xi.
“You don’t see a change because of the quality, the depth in their squad.
“Man United, to get to that level, I think Ole is perfectly right, they have to invest in the transfer market and I imagine they will.”