Both sides come into the tie off the back of excellent but exhausting results in the Champions League in midweek, with the Blues defeating Porto on aggregate and City triumphing over Borussia Dortmund to secure their places in the last four. For City, there remains the added incentive of an unprecedented quadruple, with the club on the verge of clinching the Premier League title and a Carabao Cup final against Tottenham still to come later this month. Pep Guardiola’s side did come unstuck against Leeds last weekend, though, and that will bring Chelsea hope as Thomas Tuchel attempts to win his first piece of silverware since taking charge.
The Blues came unstuck when they last faced City in January, crumbling to a 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, but they continue to show signs of improvement under their new coach. They will have to manage without Mateo Kovacic, though, who remains absent due to injury, although N’Golo Kante’s successful return will provide an almighty boost in the centre of midfield. Follow all the action live below:
CHELSEA 0 – 0 MAN CITY
3 mins: The Man City press pins Chelsea deep in their own final third. Ben Chilwell attempts to work the ball clear down the Chelsea left and gets clattered by a heavy tackle from Fernandinho. Free kick to Chelsea.
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:35
CHELSEA 0 – 0 MAN CITY
Kick off: Chelsea get the game underway, a return trip to Wembley is at stake. Who’s going to come out on top today?
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:33
There is a moments silence before kick off in memory of Prince Philip who’s funeral was earlier today.
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:31
TUCHEL VS GUARDIOLA
Thomas Tuchel has failed to beat Pep Guardiola in five attempts as a manager – two games with Mainz and three at Borussia Dortmund, all when Guardiola was in charge at Bayern Munich.
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:28
Manchester City have only failed to score in four of their 50 matches so far this season and Kevin De Bruyne has four goals and five assists in his last eight FA Cup appearances.
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:25
NO ABRAHAM FOR CHELSEA
Tammy Abraham is the joint-top scorer in the FA Cup this season with four goals, level with Crawley’s Tom Nichols, Blackpool’s Gary Madine and Alfie May of Cheltenham Town, but he’s been left out of the Chelsea squad for today’s game.
Timo Werner, meanwhile, has scored just twice in his last 33 games for club and country, with one of those goals coming in the 4-0 FA Cup third-round win over Morecambe in January. He makes the starting XI.
Tactical masterclass or major misstep from Thomas Tuchel?
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:20
A STEP FURTHER
Manchester City are looking to reach their 12th FA Cup final. They have lost just one of their last 10 trips to Wembley in all competitions, with seven wins and two draws, but that lone defeat was in last season’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal. Can City go one step futher this year?
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:15
INCREDIBLE CUP RUNS
Chelsea could reach the FA Cup final for the 15th time – and fourth in five seasons.
They have won seven of their last eight FA Cup semi-finals, with their only defeat in that spell inflicted by Manchester City in 2013.
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:10
Chelsea have never beaten Manchester City in three attempts at the new Wembley. They lost 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.
Manchester City have won four of their six FA Cup ties against Chelsea.
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:06
GUARDIOLA ON CITY FATIGUE
Manchester City are still fighting to win trophies in all four competitions; the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, but manager Pep Guardiola has said his players do not think about the tiredness but see it as a ‘priviledge.’ In a pre-match press conference yesterday Guardiola siad:
Michael Jones17 April 2021 17:01