City come into the clash in red hot form having beaten rivals Manchester United as part of a five-game winning streak which also includes a 6-1 demolition of Bournemouth and two wins over Young Boys in the Champions League group stage.
They will however be missing some of their key players, with John Stones and Kevin de Bruyne both out for the game on Sunday, with the former still a few weeks away from returning according to the boss. De Bruyne, who has been out with a long-term issue since the opening weekend against Burnley, is recovering well but will not be risked.
Manuel Akanji was, however, confirmed to be back and available for the trip to Stamford Bridge, with Guardiola cautiously optimistic about his side&aposs chances against Chelsea. With Mauricio Pochettino&aposs side finally seeming to get a grasp of their identity after a tough start to the season, the City manager gave them their plaudits and highlighted their potential for the future.
He said: “The achievement is what we have done, not the other clubs. Chelsea are one of the most important teams in England, they won the CL with Tuchel against us.
“It&aposs one of the strongest teams, no doubts about that. They have good spirit, aggressive, good patterns, it&aposs one of the toughest games we have in the season but still, we go there optimistic.
“We are top of the league right now and we have to try and maintain the quality of the game. But sooner or later Chelsea will be fighting for the title, no doubt about that.”
In west London, Mauricio Pochettino will be preparing to host Guardiola&aposs men, with his own side in decent form. Just one loss in their last seven, including the dramatic 4-1 win over City&aposs title rivals Tottenham, means the Blues are finally starting to ramp up their form under the Argentinian.