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Chelsea vs Man City combined XI: Only two players from the Champions League holders make the team - according to the FIFA 22 ratings
Two of the favourites to win the Premier League lock horns in a simply unmissable clash live on BT Sport this Saturday.
With Premier League leaders Chelsea hosting champions Man City in a blockbuster meeting on BT Sport this Saturday, we put together a combined XI from the two stellar squads based on the FIFA 22 player ratings.
Amalgamating two of Europe’s best squads into a fantasy starting line-up would be a tall order even for the likes of Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola and the results might surprise you.
Despite Chelsea winning the last three meetings with Man City – including the Champions League final – only two of their players make the team according to the new game, which comes out on Friday 1 October.
Ahead of the real-life match, live on BT Sport 1HD and Ultimate from 11.30am on Saturday, we can reveal the final XI - but is it the team you would choose?
Goalkeeper: Ederson - 89
Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy has been an inspired signing since his move from Rennes, but Ederson comfortably takes the goalkeeping spot in the combined XI.
The Brazilian is rated 89 in FIFA 22 (Mendy is 83) and justified his mark by scooping the 2020/21 Premier League Golden Glove award with 19 clean sheets.
Both clubs have only conceded once in the league so far this season, although Mendy missed Chelsea’s win at Tottenham after picking up a minor injury in the Champions League.
Right Back: Kyle Walker - 85
The Man City theme continues with England international Kyle Walker lining up in the right-back position.
The 31-year-old, who escaped a red card against Southampton on Saturday, played an integral role in City’s Premier League triumph last season and is rated higher (85) than Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta (83) or Reece James (81).
Lauded for his unequalled acceleration and astute defensive cover, Walker is set to play another starring role for City as they look to retain their league title and end their European hoodoo.
Centre Back: Ruben Dias - 87
Portuguese defender Ruben Dias, perhaps unsurprisingly, makes the team after impressing in the heart of Man City’s defence since his arrival from Benfica.
City conceded 0.7 goals per game in the 32 Premier League matches Dias played last season compared to the 1.8 goals when he was absent and he has been rewarded with a much-improved FIFA rating.
He has jumped from 81 in FIFA 21 to 87 this time around and the inclusion of Dias should be one of the least controversial picks in the combined XI.
Centre Back: Aymeric Laporte - 86
Aymeric Laporte has impressed in spells for Man City but has had to fight for his place in Guardiola’s starting eleven with John Stones in recent times.
It appears that the 27-year-old has won the battle after a strong start to the season alongside Dias in the heart of the defence.
Laporte is rated 86 and edges out veteran Thiago Silva (85) and Antonio Rudiger (83) to earn his place in the combined XI.
Left Back: Joao Cancelo - 86
The combined XI’s defence is made up exclusively of Man City players with Joao Cancelo at left back after a superb campaign last season earned him a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
Cancelo created 1.6 chances per 90 minutes in open play last season, the best return from a defender with at least 15 appearances to their name and has been given an 86 rating.
It is one of the least competitive positions in the team according to FIFA, with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso rated 82 and 79, respectively.
Centre Midfield: Kevin De Bruyne - 91
Few can question the inclusion of Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne who is the highest rated player (91) in either squad - and joint-highest with Cristiano Ronaldo in among all Premier League squads.
He registered 12 assists in just 2,001 minutes of Premier League action last season, averaging one every 167 minutes and is emblematic of Guardiola’s rip-roaring side.
The 30-year-old has played only 11 minutes’ worth of league football so far this season but will be pivotal as City look to climb the table.
Centre Defensive Midfield: N’Golo Kante - 90
The first Chelsea representative in the FIFA-inspired combined XI is the excellent N’Golo Kante.
Kante delivered a timely reminder of his prowess when he transformed Chelsea’s performance against Spurs last Sunday after he was introduced at half-time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The influence of the 90-rated midfielder shows no sign of waning for the Blues and he holds the key to the success of Tuchel’s side this season.
Centre Midfield: Bernardo Silva - 86
One of the more contentious names to feature in the combined XI is Man City’s Bernardo Silva, who is rated higher than the likes of Jorginho (85), Ilkay Gundogan (85) and Mason Mount (83).
The 27-year-old was a peripheral figure in last season's title win but has returned to City’s starting line-up this season with De Bruyne out injured, even scoring the winner against Leicester in early September.
The attacking midfielder is rated 86 (slightly lower than last year’s 87) and is set to play an important role this season with City competing on several fronts.
Right Wing: Riyad Mahrez - 86
Man City forward Riyad Mahrez takes his place in the combined XI after a stellar campaign last season in the league and in particular in Europe.
The Algerian scored nine goals in City’s domestic title charge and four on the continent last term and the 30-year-old’s form has been rewarded by a slight increase in his rating to 86.
He fights off competition from the likes of Phil Foden (84), Jack Grealish (84) as well as Chelsea duo Kai Havertz (84) and Hakim Ziyech (84) to claim one of the coveted forward positions.
Striker: Romelu Lukaku - 88
Romelu Lukaku has hit the ground running since his return to Stamford Bridge with four goals already under his belt and the Belgian is the second Chelsea player to make the combined XI.
Lukaku, who initially moved to Stamford Bridge as a 17-year-old from Belgian side Anderlecht in 2011, has been in scintillating form since his big-money return and is rated 88 after firing Inter to the Serie A title last season.
He comfortably fends off the likes of Gabriel Jesus (83) and Timo Werner (84) to line up as the focal point in the combined XI.
Left Wing: Raheem Sterling - 88
England hero Raheem Sterling completes the combined XI after a superb performance at Euro 2020.
The inclusion of the 26-year-old might raise a few eyebrows despite his form on the international stage because he has fallen out of favour at club level.
Notwithstanding, he has been given a rating of 88 – one of the highest in both squads – and lines up alongside Mahrez and Lukaku in a formidable frontline.
Watch Chelsea vs Man City exclusively live on BT Sport 1HD and Ultimate from 11.30am (12.30 KO) on Saturday.