Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he set his side out with the wrong approach when losing to Manchester City earlier in the season and has vowed to get it right when they clash on Saturday (Match betting – Manchester City 8/11, Draw 3/1, Chelsea 4/1).

The Blues were unbeaten in the league after five games, winning four, when they welcomed City to Stamford Bridge in September.

They then suffered their first defeat of the term at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s side when Gabriel Jesus (21/10 – To Score Anytime) struck to seal a 1-0 result.

Chelsea (33/1 – Premier League outright), who sit second, have only lost once in the league since that day but they’ve drawn six times to fall 10 points behind table-toppers City (1/12 – Premier League outright).

Another defeat on Saturday when they head to the Etihad for the 12:30 kick off could all but end their hopes of challenging for the title.

With that in mind, Tuchel has conceded that he got his tactics wrong at the Bridge and insists he won’t be making the same mistake again.

Tuchel said: “My approach was the wrong approach, tactically. It made us too passive. We could have done better, but the approach was too defensive.

“It was not meant like this, but it turned out like this. Lesson learned. They were too aggressive for our build-up play, and they were too aggressive. We did not have the solution to escape from our own half.”

He added: “We defended very well in the last 18 to 20 metres of the field, but we did not see much of the other 70 metres. Second half was a bit better, a bit wild, but it is not the worst thing to have a wild match against Manchester City.”

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