This week both Chelsea and Manchester City booked their places in the Champions League semi-finals. It was very much clear that for one team the end of the week would become more jubilant. Chelsea and Manchester City locked horns at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. The winner of this game will face either Leicester City or Southampton in the finals.
As it turns out Thomas Tuchel’s side was the one that had a great ending to the week. The Blues managed a 1-0 win over Manchester City. Hakim Ziyech scored the only goal of the game in the 55th minute. It was a brilliant team goal assisted by Timo Werner. Jorginho managed to get the ball to Mount in the midfield. The Englishman then placed a weighted pass in behind Ruben Dias.
Werner used his pace to get away from Dias on the left-wing. The German then slotted in a pass for Ziyech who scored past a helpless Zack Steffen. The former Ajax midfielder had another chance to double Chelsea’s lead but failed to get the ball past Zack Steffen. The Londoners looked more dangerous for the first sixty minutes as the Citizens had a sloppy start. Tuchel also suprised many by starting Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.
Stats: Chelsea vs Manchester City FA Cup semi-final
Both teams had three shots on target but only the Blues managed to get one in. Pep Guardiola’s side had more possession with 56% and Chelsea had 44% possession in the game. The Blues completed 484 passes in the game compared to Manchester City’s 599. Chelsea’s passing accuracy was 86%, Manchester City was slightly better off with 87%.
With the Blues entry in the FA Cup final, Thomas Tuchel has become the first German manager to reach the FA Cup final. While the Citizens under Pep Guardiola have been eliminated from the semi-final stage for 3rd time in five years. Since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, no team in Europe has managed more cleans sheets (14).
What happened in the game: Chelsea vs Manchester City
For the first sixty minutes of the game, Chelsea was by far the better team. Manchester City often tried to press them but they could not even come near to them. Tuchel’s side was often able to find its players in space. Late in the first half, the Citizens managed to get some control in the game but they never really tested Kepa Arrizablga’s goal. Sterling and Jesus struggled a lot in the game. While Foden bought some energy when he came on in the second half.
Jorginho was brilliant in the middle of the park and so was Thiago Silva. The Brazilian had to substituted late in the game for Zouma. Manchester City also lost Kevin De Bryune to injury. In the second half, Pep Guardiola’s side tried a lot but they could not create a clear-cut chance against Chelsea. Kai Havertz and Pulisic came on late in the game but they did not really have an effect on the game. Pulisic had one goal disallowed for offside.
The Chelsea manager was really happy about his team performance. The former Borussia Dortmund manager insisted that his team had worked hard for the clean sheet. He also praised his team for closing the gap against Manchester City, one of the best teams in Europe. For Tuchel it was a quality performance.
He said “It was a very strong performance and I am very proud of my team. We were not lucky to escape with a clean sheet, we worked hard for it. The guys are ready to cover for each other if anyone loses a duel. We wanted to be brave today. It feels fantastic because we were playing the best team in Europe right now and we managed to close the gap for 90 minutes. Because it is so hard against City, you have to be on your top level. It was a quality performance.”
Pep Guardiola- Man City
The former Bayern Munich manager admitted that his team did not create any chance in the beginning. He pointed that out in the final minutes of the game, Manchester City did increase the quality in the final third. However, it was not enough as Chelsea was strong and organized.
He said “We didn’t create much but we were there. In the last minutes, we increased our quality and rhythm in the final third. But congratulations Chelsea. They are quality, strong, well-organised with seven players in the middle. It’s not easy“.
12th Man Opinion
Chelsea fans are definitely thinking that a repeat of 2012 is happening. In that season, the Blues reached the FA Cup final and they won the Champions League. They also sacked their manager mid-season and appointed a new. As for Manchester City fans, the frustrations continue. It was another big game at a big stage where Guardiola was more conservative and their team failed to get over the line.