Manchester City’s latest obstacle in their path to hoovering up every piece of silverware available is a tussle with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
The two Premier League giants have been impressive in recent weeks and have a point to prove going into this match.
📝 Match context
Chelsea is currently in fifth place in the Premier League and have been a resurgent force this season under Thomas Tuchel. The Blues thrashed Crystal Palace in their last league match and will have to play to their hearts' content in this one.
Manchester City have been outstanding this season under Pep Guardiola, edging Borussia Dortmund into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals earlier this week. The Citizens are arguably the favorites to win the FA Cup this season and will go into this match with confidence.
🗞 Team news
Mateo Kovacic, who sustained a hamstring injury in training, will miss the match for Chelsea.
Thiago Silva played the entire 90 minutes against Porto on Tuesday and is a contender for a defensive starting spot. Tuchel may also go with Andreas Christensen.
Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Havertz
Sergio Aguero is the only Manchester City player who is currently unavailable. Aside from the Argentinian, Pep Guardiola has a completely fit squad and plenty of choices if he wants to change things up.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
👀 Players to Watch:
Chelsea- N’Golo Kante
The Frenchman is undoubtedly Chelsea’s best player. Kanye’s pace and energy will be crucial for them to fend off waves of Manchester City attacks. Not only this he is very much capable of breaking Man City’s play and start a counter-attack.
Manchester City- Kevin De Bruyne
In recent times the Belgian has enjoyed scoring against Chelsea. Even at Wembley, he won’t hesitate to score and celebrate. De Bryune is very much capable of opening Chelsea’s defense with one good pass if things get tough for the Citizens.
🔑 Key OPTA stats
- Chelsea have lost four of their last five FA Cup ties against Manchester City, including a 2-1 loss at this stage in 2013. However, they did win their most recent such encounter 5-1 in February 2016.
- Manchester City have won six of their last nine meetings with Chelsea in all competitions (D1 L2), beating the Blues 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League already this season.
- Manchester City have lost none of their three meetings with Chelsea at the new Wembley Stadium, beating them 2-1 in the 2013 FA Cup semi-final, 2-0 in the 2018 Community Shield, and on penalties in the 2019 League Cup final.
- Chelsea are looking to reach the FA Cup final for a 15th time, with only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) reaching it more often than the Blues. Chelsea have won seven of their last eight semi-final ties, losing only against Man City in 2013 in this run.
- Manchester City have won nine of their last 11 FA Cup semi-final matches, though they have been eliminated at this stage in two of their four previous campaigns under Pep Guardiola (vs Arsenal in both 2017 and 2020).
- Chelsea are looking to reach the FA Cup final for the fourth time in the last five seasons, failing only in 2018-19 in this run. Thomas Tuchel would be the first-ever German manager to reach the English FA Cup final.
- Man City boss Pep Guardiola is unbeaten in all five of his managerial meetings with Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel (W3 D2), with all of these coming between 2013 and 2016 when the Spaniard was in charge of Bayern Munich.
- No player has scored more goals in the 2020-21 FA Cup tournament (excl. qualifiers) than Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (4).
- Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in nine goals in his last eight FA Cup matches, scoring four and assisting five.
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