It’s a big one at Wembley!
Chelsea take on Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup Semi-Final. The winner will play either Leicester or Southampton in the final. Domestically City started poorly but found form and have climbed to the top of the table and sit 11 points clear. City also happen to be in the finals of the Carabao Cup, and in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Pep and co are in for the quadruple or a treble and it’s going to be a tough task to stop them. City beat, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Swansea, and Everton to reach the semi-finals so it wasn’t the toughest of journey’s. Since the quarter-final against Everton they have won 3 and lost 1 with a defeat to Leeds. Pep’s team have not been at their blistering best when it comes to scoring goals but they have adopted a slightly more pragmatic approach. That coupled with the fact that they have a very good squad means that they are close to securing another title.
Chelsea go into this game having secure a place in the Champions League Semi-Finals after 7 years. It’s a big step in the right direction for this young team and Tuchel knows that a place in the FA Cup final by beating City would be another solid step. I do think that Chelsea will slightly more pragmatic in this game, I don’t expect us to chase City for the whole 90 and I think that we will rely on taking advantage of City on the counter albeit being our usual pressing self. It’s going to be a big test for these young players, but they reached Wembley last season and beat United so why can’t they beat City in a one off game. Tuchel and Pep were both very appreciative of each other in the pre match conferences having faced each other in Germany and being friends off the pitch.
Chelsea Team Preview
Chelsea will be without Kovacic, and Christensen for this game. Mendy should start in goal although I wouldn’t be surprised if Kepa started. Azpilicueta, Zouma, and Rudiger should start in defence with Reece James, and Chilwell as the wing backs. Tuchel said that Kante has had a solid rest and should start so I think we will stick with Jorginho and him in defence. Up front is where it get’s tricky. I think Werner could come back in this game with Tammy and Ziyech. Wembley is big pitch and Werner could find space in behind City. Tammy has started all the FA Cup games and I think he deserves a chance in this game. Ziyech has been rested in the last two games and deserves a start. It’s interesting but that’s the 3 I would go with, they have a point to prove as well. Pulisic, Havertz, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud are all great options to bring into the game when City are tiring, of course any one of those players could start.
Man City Team Preview
City have a fit squad to select from. Pep said that he will select the strongest lineup in his eyes. I think Sterling, De Bruyne and Torres will start up front, with their new false 9 formation. Fernandinho should come in for Silva while Dias and Stones will be the centre backs. Cancelo should start while while Mendy could come in as well. Ederson will probably be the goalkeeper. It’s a tough squad and similar to Chelsea there are a lot of options. This is the team that I think Pep will go with.
Starting XI Prediction
A semi-final is always big especially in a competition we reached the final in last season. We go into this game as underdogs and it’s going to be tough, but Chelsea have it in them to beat any team and if we could beat City last year we can beat them this season as well. COME ON CHELSEA!!!