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Man City v Chelsea squad BATTLE: How do rivals’ best XIs compare ahead of Sunday clash?

Man City v Chelsea player-by-player comparison.

As we prepare for Man City v Chelsea in this weekend’s stand-out Premier League clash, here’s a player-by-player battle of their best XIs – have last season’s runners-up closed the gap on the champions?

GK: Joe Hart vs Thibaut Courtois

Two of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League, but the Chelsea man narrowly wins this battle for being generally more consistent in the last couple of years.

Vote: Courtois

DR: Pablo Zabaleta vs Branislav Ivanovic

Two superb right-backs, it is again a close call but a narrow win for Chelsea’s Ivanovic for his all-action displays and consistency in helping the Blues to major honours.

Vote: Ivanovic

DL: Aleksandar Kolarov vs Cesar Azpilicueta

Once more, it’s a Chelsea win at left-back as Azpilicueta is a far more solid and consistent performer than Kolarov, who is slightly overrated for the occasional wondergoal from a free-kick.

Vote: Azpilicueta

Brainslav Ivanovic

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