Cesc Fabregas was a late withdrawal through illness, resulting in N'Golo Kante travelling.
I'm writing this column from Belgrade, where I will hopefully watch Liverpool beat beat Red Star tonight and take a giant step towards the knock-out stages of a competition that means so much to a club I was honoured to play for. It's hard to play there, like it will be here as well. The most important thing is we need to be prepared so that what happened to Liverpool doesn't happen to us.
Manchester City are still a phenomenal football team but these aren't the kind of games that'll tell us that. We are still unbeaten and we haven't played at our highest level yet, because we've been with the coach only two or three months.
"We can not drop points, we need to work hard, keep improving". Manchester City lead the way as they look to retain the title, with Liverpool and Chelsea, who have improved greatly under Maurizio Sarri, in close pursuit.
We are 11 games into the 2018/19 Premier League season, and the table is beginning to take shape.
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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata conceded he even blamed the rain for missed chances during his fallow period in front of goal.
However, former Blues winger Nevin thinks that his former club's squad has more strength in depth compared to their Merseyside rivals and that will allow Sarri's side to challenge in both the Premier League and Europa League this season. In the last match he played only for 30 minutes. It's scientifically proven. So, today he did some aerobic training and tomorrow he will have some "force" training.
"For our doctor, there is not any risk, otherwise he would stay in Cobham, of course", the Italian said.
"We are two points behind and it's up to us to keep the rhythm".
There have been some lesser known players who have shone this season as well, along with a few who have found top form again after a tough year last time out.
Attack: Eden Hazard has travelled with the squad to Belarus and Sarri has confirmed he will give the Belgian global 45 minutes tomorrow.