After spending a fortune over the past 3 transfer windows, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City revolution finally took flight last weekend as they secured their 1st title under the former Spanish international’s reign. The Citizens defeated Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup Final to lift their 1st of the 3 trophies they still stand a chance to win this season. Prior to the match, we will look at 5 such players who have played for both Chelsea and Manchester City in their Premier League careers, but let’s cover some ground first.
With the gap stretched to 13 points at the top of the English Premier League table, Manchester City would like to secure the domestic title as soon as possible in order to shift their focus on the Champions League, where they lead FC Basel 0-4 after the 1st leg. The league leaders will take on Arsenal again in the league on 29th February (Thursday) before facing off against Chelsea on 4th March. The Blues suffered a demoralising defeat against Manchester United last weekend which left them 4 points adrift of the 4th spot (Qualification for UCL).
The pressure will be firmly on Antonio Conte to produce a result against Manchester City, otherwise, the team could be in serious danger of missing out on Champions League next season, something the hierarchy considers the ultimate crime.
Five players who have played for both Chelsea and Manchester United in their Premier League careers:
Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin D Bruyne first taste of English football came when he was signed by Chelsea as a 20-year-old from Belgian outfit Genk. The current Manchester City star struggled to get off the bench and could only make 3 appearances for the first team before he was sold of to German club Wolfsburg for £18m in 2014.
However, in Germany, things started to fall in place as the Belgian international became one of the hottest prospects in Europe. Manchester City realised his potential and signed him from the Wolfsburg for a fee of around £55m. Bruyne has since then gone to make over 100 appearances for the club in which has managed to score 34 goals and earn himself over 50 assists.
Just like Bruyne, Wayne Bridge spent his initial career playing at Chelsea, which he joined in the summer of 2003. The England international made over 80 appearances for the London club before being sold to Manchester City in January 2009. The 37-year-old could never make himself a regular in either of the teams but that didn’t stop him making quite a few appearances spread over a decade.
Bridge retired from professional football in May 2014, after his then club Readin released him. Wayne Bridge’s time at City was unfortunately marred by controversy surrounding him, his wife and John Terry.
Daniel Sturridge started his professional career at Manchester City, however after making just 21 appearances in 3 years, the English international decided to join Chelsea on a free-transfer in 2009. However, his wish for more playing time was fulfilled at Stamford Bridge even and he decided to move to Liverpool in 2013, where he became one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League.
Sturridge scored a lot of goals for Liverpool during his 5-year spell and developed a fantastic partnership with the likes of Suarez and Sterling. However, a string of injuries reduced his playing time significantly which left him low down the pecking order. The 28-year-old joined West Brom Albion earlier this year and is hoping to stay fit in order to get into the England World Cup squad.
Having played for over 10 clubs in his career, Nicolas Anelka is the perfect example of a global footballer. After playing for the likes of PSG in France and Real Madrid in Spain, the former French international went on to play for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in England.
However, one has to agree that his time at Chelsea and Manchester City were by the most fruitful spells of his career, as he made a lot of appearances for both the clubs and scored close to a 100 goals combined for them.
A Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard made over 400 appearances for the London club in which he scored over 140 goals. The former England international was regarded as one of the best midfielders of his time and it came as a slight shock to everyone who loved him at Chelsea when he decided to join Manchester City on loan from New York City just months after being released by the Blues.
What was most ironic about the move was that Lampard’s first goal for the Citizens came against his former club Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.