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Sun 14 Apr 2013 16:00 (Attendance: 85,621)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MANCHESTER CITY V CHELSEA

TALKING POINTS
Back in the 1990s when Blur's Damon Albarn, a Chelsea season ticket holder, and Man City fan Noel Gallagher of Oasis were vying for Britpop supremacy, their football clubs were scarcely rivals for football's top honours.

A fortnight before Chelsea faced their hated neighbours Man United in the 1994 FA Cup final, Maine Road fans wished their southern counterparts all the best after a 2-2 draw. 'Do them for us,' they pleaded.

Although Glenn Hoddle's team lost at Wembley, much like Blur's 'Country House' single eclipsed Oasis's 'Roll With It' the London Blues were soon on a trajectory to success whereas City suffered three relegations before returning to the top flight for keeps in 2000.

Now, just as Albarn and Gallacher have buried the hatchet by playing together at the Royal Albert Hall (and we'll gloss over the fact Chelsea fan Paul Weller was on drums), up crops the biggest cup match between the two sides for 42 years.

KEY STAT
Chelsea have won our last 10 FA Cup matches at the old and new Wembley.


What is now more potent, Chelsea's historic passion for the FA Cup, or City's desire to salvage the last available trophy of a disappointing season?

Chelsea are appearing in our sixth FA Cup semi-final in eight seasons and Man City their second in three. Despite a spluttering defence of their league title, the Citizens have yet to concede a goal in the FA Cup this season and have hit form in the last few months.

Yet Chelsea's recent dominance in this competition - the Blues have not lost in open play since defeat at Barnsley five seasons ago and have won six of the last 10 finals - is the greatest in the competition's history.

The first winners, Wanderers, enjoyed five successes in seven years, but one defence involved a bye all the way to the final.

The Pensioners are unbeaten in seven FA Cup matches at the national stadium since its redevelopment. Our last defeat there was in that 1994 FA Cup final to City's neighbours, Man United.

Chelsea can lay claim to Wembley being our second home: this is our 12th game there since 2007. We have played at Old Trafford and Anfield seven times in league and cup over the same period. We have won eight (including one on pens) and lost three (one on pens).

semi-final


City's three games at the new Wembley have seen two FA Cup wins (against Man United and Stoke) and a defeat to Man U in the Community Shield, all in 2011.

A child born into a Blues-supporting household in 1905 would have witnessed three semi-finals by the time they reached the age of 21, while a 1970 babe would have enjoyed just four before reaching maturity.

How fortunate for the Chelsea child born in spring 1991. By the time they were 21 they seen the Blues reach no fewer than 25 semi-final matches, the majority successfully navigated through to the final.


Chelsea's major semi-finals
(by decade)
1911 FA Cup
1915 FA Cup

1920 FA Cup

1932 FA Cup

1950 FA Cup
1952 FA Cup

1965 League Cup
1965 FA Cup
1966 FA Cup
1966 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
1967 FA Cup
1970 FA Cup

1971 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
1972 League Cup
1973 League Cup

1985 League Cup

1991 League Cup
1994 FA Cup
1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
1996 FA Cup
1997 FA Cup
1998 League Cup
1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
1999 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
2000 FA Cup

2002 League Cup
2002 FA Cup
2004 UEFA Champions League
2005 League Cup
2005 UEFA Champions League
2006 FA Cup
2007 League Cup
2007 FA Cup
2007 UEFA Champions League
2008 League Cup
2008 UEFA Champions League
2009 FA Cup
2009 UEFA Champions League
2010 FA Cup

2012 FA Cup
2012 UEFA Champions League
2012 FIFA Club World Cup
2013 League Cup
2013 FA Cup
2013 UEFA Europa League

(You will not find minor semi-finals such as the Full Members Cup on that list, but you can read about the 1986 final against Manchester City by clicking the 'We Have History' tab.)


KEY TWEET
How many of Chelsea's semi-finals have you witnessed so far in your lifetime? #CFCPMB


There is something else of lesser significance about the second Sunday in April. Don't worry, you haven't forgotten Mothers' Day, it's just that the FA's suspension deadline passes. After this weekend 10 accumulated bookings no longer results in a two-match ban. David Luiz has received nine cautions so far.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes on Sunday, 30 minutes extra time will be played. If there is still no winner the tie will be decided on penalties.

Chelsea have won three of our last five penalty shoot-outs, the last being at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Manchester City have not faced a penalty shoot-out since March 2009, when they won 4-3 against Aalborg in the UEFA Cup. Since the turn of the century they have only been involved in four, winning two and losing two.


Most FA Cup wins
Man Utd 11, Arsenal 10, Tottenham 8, Aston Villa 7, Chelsea 7, Liverpool 7, Blackburn 6, Newcastle 6, Everton 5, Man City 5, The Wanderers 5, WBA 5, Bolton 4, Sheffield Utd 4, Wolves 4, Sheffield Wed 3, West Ham 3.

Chelsea and City meet for the fourth time this season. We will meet again in the US for two post-season friendlies at St Louis on 23 May and New York on 25 May.

Chelsea have played 15 more games and scored 43 more goals than Manchester City this season.

Chelsea and Man City's season in all competitions
P W D L F A
Chelsea 58 31 12 15 125 70
Man Utd 43 24 11 8 82 44

 

Most Chelsea goals in a season
142 in 2009/10
125 in 2012/13
121 in 1964/65
117 in 1960/61 and 2006/07
112 in 2011/12
110 in 2008/09


Most Chelsea games in a season
68 in 2012/13 (minimum)
64 in 2006/07
62 in 2007/08
61 in 1999/00 and 2011/12)
60 in 1965/66


The other semi-final is between Championship Millwall and relegation-threatened Wigan. The Latics, who only joined the Football League in 1978, have never been beyond the quarter-finals in the competition before. Their south London opponents reached the final in 2004 under player-manager Dennis Wise, who had previously lifted the trophy as Chelsea skipper; Man United ran out 3-0 winners.

Tottenham do not play this weekend as they were due to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.


Barclays Premier League fixtures
Saturday
Arsenal v Norwich 3pm
Aston Villa v Fulham 3pm
Everton v QPR 3pm
Reading v Liverpool 3pm
Southampton v West Ham 3pm
Millwall v Wigan (FA Cup semi-final, Wembley) 5.15pm - ESPN
Sunday
Newcastle v Sunderland 12pm - Sky Sports
Stoke v Manchester United 2.05pm - Sky Sports
Chelsea v Manchester City (FA Cup semi-final Wembley) 4pm - ITV1
Tuesday
Arsenal v Everton 7.45pm - Sky Sports


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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MANCHESTER CITY V CHELSEA

TACTICAL BRIEF
Former Chelsea winger Clive Walker surveys the pros and cons of two heavyweight semi-finalists ahead of the big Wembley showdown.

Key battles
'It was great to see us progress to another semi-final on Thursday. Obviously we now have at least two more matches in the Europa League and we have played a lot more games than Manchester City and yes, you'll feel tired at various points of the campaign, but the fact we have two great opportunities at this stage to win trophies should have the players buzzing.

'We're talking about mentality here and I honestly think we're getting close to the mental strength of previous Chelsea sides. At the start of the season when we lost to Man City at Wembley in the Community Shield, it was probably not the case.

'As the season's drawn on we are seeing signs. Victor Moses against Rubin was terrific with his support for Paulo Ferreira, doing the hard work flair players sometimes don't want to do and Eden Hazard is using his pace and strength for the team much more. Oscar always has been prepared to tuck in and Juan Mata is showing more of that too.

'All the "three Amigos" may start on Sunday afternoon. Hazard and Mata were rested completely in the week and Oscar came off the bench late.

'We will need them on the ball as much as possible. Their creativity and cleverness is vital against a very good team, testing City's weaknesses. The crucial factor will be our ability to find them in space where they can hurt the opposition.

'There is likely to be a lot of cat-and-mouse in this game between two teams who really respect each other. One switch-off and either side could be for it.

'The game could be won and lost in midfield, and whoever plays in the deep-lying roles will have to be right on their game. I thought when Ramires came off for Mikel he was missed against Rubin but one thing that can let him down is his passing, and City are capable of capitalising on any loose distribution.

'However Ramires can win the ball further up the park, closer to goal than others, and if his passing is on we could have a very good day.

'Yaya Toure and others may not have reached their own very high standards this season, but they have immense quality - as do we. Toure is one of many who can step up and steal the moment and put the best teams to the test.

'Mikel could have an immense role and has to be so disciplined. Toure will come on to him, which will suit the Nigerian. He needs to be strong, sensible and not allow Toure to drag him out of position, which he's good at.

JMO Toure

'Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand have missed games recently and James Milner, who plays down that flank, has had a very good season. He's consistent, dogged and gets about, tests full-backs.

'If you work him hard you can deal with him. Bertrand trained on Friday, which is good news.

'David Silva's hamstring is another factor. If he has fully recovered it will mean another threat, but City already have Carlos Tévez and Sergio Agüero anyway.

'Upfront for Chelsea many expect Demba Ba to start but Fernando Torres has come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks. Nineteen goals is what you need from a striker and is more than any of City's forwards.

'Providing Ba has recovered from his ankle problem, Rafael Benitez just has to decide which of the two is best equipped against Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic or Joleon Lescott. Ba's goal in the previous round against Man United was sensational.

'One other factor will be whether Mancini decides to stick with some players who have got him to the semi-final, especially goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon whi has certainly done well in the rounds so far and he played in the Community Shield team that beat us at Villa Park.'


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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MANCHESTER CITY V CHELSEA

WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea and Manchester City are drawn together for the fourth occasion in the FA Cup. The most recent was in 1971, a 3-0 win for City in the fourth round - the first occasion in seven seasons the Blues had not progressed past that stage.

The only semi-final between the two sides came over two legs in the same season's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

The first game at Stamford Bridge was young South African forward Derek Smethurst's greatest moment. The Chelsea youngster, partnering versatile defender Dave Webb in the absence of Ian Hutchinson and Peter Osgood, scored the only goal of the game at the start of the second half.

Webb's lobbed pass met Smethurst's clever run behind the City defence and he finished neatly.

For the second leg Dave Sexton's depleted men (again minus regulars, including Tommy Baldwin, Eddie McCreadie, Hutchinson and Osgood), returned to the city that staged the wonderful 1970 FA Cup replay victory a year earlier to complete the European job.

A similarly patched-up City side capitulated meekly at Maine Road, their goalie Ron Healey fumbling an innocuous Keith Weller free-kick into his own net, so that Chelsea triumphed 2-0 on aggregate. Chelsea went on to beat the mighty Real Madrid in the final.

The only cup final between the Pensioners and the Citizens was in the Full Members Cup in 1986. In silverware terms it was of minor significance, but as a spectacle it was epic.

A massive crowd of 68,000 turned out on the Sunday at Wembley to witness Chelsea dominate most of the opening hour, despite City's Steve Kinsey opening the scoring inside 10 minutes.

Despite missing top scorer Kerry Dixon, the Blues roared back to take a 4-1 lead. David Speedie (pictured below) hit the first hat-trick at Wembley since Geoff Hurst in 1966 and Colin Lee, playing upfront for the first time in three years, rolled back the years to net twice.

Full Members 86

Lee's second came with 10 minutes remaining and made it 5-1 to the Londoners. Chelsea's success-starved followers were exultant, City's were already traipsing home. Then a flurry of goals for the Mancunians threatened to turn the game on its head.

Blues manager John Hollins watched in horror as his players repeatedly hit the self-destruct button. In the closing five minutes of normal play Mark Lillis converted Paul Simpson's cross. Three minutes later accident-prone full-back Doug Rougvie turned into his own net and just before the whistle Nigel Spackman fouled Andy May in the area and Lillis hit his second.

Finally Chelsea regained composure and saw out stoppage time to the claim the trophy with a 5-4 victory.

In all our clubs have met nine times in various cup competitions with Chelsea successful in six of them.

City have won six of the last nine meetings in all competitions between the clubs since December 2009.

Chelsea v Manchester City in the FA Cup
1914/15 Third round - Hyde Road Chelsea won 1-0
1947/48 Fourth round - Maine Road City won 2-0
1970/71 Fourth Round - Stamford Bridge City won 3-0

 

 

1971


OUR LAST MEETING IN THE FA CUP
Saturday 23 January 1971
Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City
Attendance 50,176
Chelsea Peter Bonetti, John Boyle, Ron Harris (c), John Hollins, Marvin Hinton, David Webb, Keith Weller, Charlie Cooke, Peter Osgood (John Dempsey 78), Ian Hutchinson, Peter Houseman.
Manager Dave Sexton
Manchester City Joe Corrigan, Tony Book (c), Arthur Mann, Mike Doyle, Tommy Booth, Alan Oakes, George Heslop, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee (Neil Young h/t), Ian Bowyer, Derek Jeffries. Manager Joe Mercer
Scorers Bell 54, 56, Bowyer 75

 

Other cup meetings
League Cup
1984/85 Fourth round Stamford Bridge Chelsea won 4-1
1993/94 Third round Maine Road City won 1-0
European Cup Winners' Cup
1970/71 Semi-final 1st leg Stamford Bridge Chelsea won 1-0
1970/71 Semi-final 2nd leg Maine Road Chelsea won 1-0
Full Members Cup
1985/86 Final Wembley Chelsea won 5-4
1987/88 Second round Maine Road Chelsea won 2-0



Other meetings this season
12 August 2012 FA Community Shield, Villa Park
Man City……..….…3 Chelsea………..……2
Y Touré 52                  Torres 39
Tévez 58                      Bertrand 79
Nasri 64
                  Att: 36,394


25 November 2012 Barclays Premier League
Chelsea………..……0 Man City.………..…0
                 Att: 41,792


24 February 2013 Barclays Premier League
Man City……..…..…2 Chelsea………..……0
Y Touré 62
Tévez 85
                Att: 47,256


Chelsea v Manchester City in all competitions
Games played 146
Chelsea wins 61
City wins 48 
Draws 37


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea played Man City at Wembley: 9,853
City played Chelsea in a semi-final: 15,327
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,884
Liverpool won the league: 8,379


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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MANCHESTER CITY V CHELSEA

CHELSEA STATS
Chelsea in the FA Cup
Winners: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runners-up: 1915, 1967, 1994, 2002
Semi-finalists: 1911, 1920, 1932, 1950, 1952, 1965, 1966, 1996, 2006

Chelsea are unbeaten in 29 FA Cup matches in open play (excluding penalty shoot-outs). Our last defeat in the competition was at Barnsley five years ago in March 2008.

This is Chelsea's 17th semi-final since the arrival of Roman Abramovich 10 years ago.

The Blues have won all their five previous FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley against Kerry Dixon's Luton Town in 1994, Newcastle in 2000, Arsenal in 2009, Aston Villa in 2010, and Tottenham last season.


This season's FA Cup campaign
Jan 5 (3) Southampton (a) W 5-1
Jan 27 (4) Brentford (a) D 2-2
Feb 17 (R) Brentford (h) W 4-0
Feb 27 (5) Middlesbrough (a) W 2-0
Mar 10 (QF) Manchester United (a) D 2-2
Apr 1 (R) Manchester United (h) W 1-0


FA Cup scorers Ba 3, Lampard 2 (1 pen), Mata 2, Moses 2, Ramires 2, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Oscar 1, Terry 1, Torres 1. Total 16.


Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - Quarter-final
2003/04 - 5th round
2004/05 - 5th round
2005/06 - Semi-final
2006/07 - Winners
2007/08 - Quarter-final
2008/09 - Winners
2009/10 - Winners
2010/11 - 4th round
2011/12 - Winners


Last six results
Mar 17 West Ham (h) W 2-0
Mar 30 Southampton (a) L 1-2
Apr 1 Manchester United (FA Cup h) W 1-0
Apr 4 Rubin Kazan (Europa League a) W 3-1
Apr 7 Sunderland (h) W 2-1
Apr 11 Rubin Kazan (Europa League a) L 2-3


Scorers Torres 19 (1 pen), Mata 18, Lampard 14 (5 pens), E Hazard 12 (2 pens), Oscar 9 (1 pen), Moses 8, Ramires 8, Ivanovic 7, Cahill 6, Ba 5, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Terry 4, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), own goals 4. Total 125


Chelsea's next three games
Wed 17 Apr Fulham away 8pm
Sun 21 Apr Liverpool away 4pm
Thu 25 Apr Basel away 8.05pm

 

MILESTONES
If selected, Frank Lampard will make his 600th appearance for Chelsea. He needs two goals to equal our all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling on 202.

If selected, Oscar will play his 70th game of the season for club and country and Branislav Ivanovic will make his 50th Blues appearance of the season.


MAN CITY STATS
Formed 1880

Man City in the FA Cup
Winners: 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011
Runners-up: 1926, 1933, 1955, 1981
Semi-finalists: 1924, 1932



This season's FA Cup campaign
Jan 5 (3) Watford (h) W 3-0
Jan 26 (4) Stoke (a) W 1-0
Feb 17 (5) Leeds (h) W 4-0
Mar 9 (QF) Barnsley (h) W 5-0



FA Cup scorers Tévez 5, Agüero 2 (1 pen), Barry 1, Kolarov 1, Lopes 1, Silva 1, Y Touré 1, Zabaleta 1, Total 13.


City have won their last seven FA Cup semi-finals. They haven't lost one for 81 years.

Man City have yet to concede a goal in the FA Cup this season.

They have the best defensive record in the top-flight, conceding fewest goals and keeping more clean sheets than any other club.

City have won six of their last seven games in league and cup. Their only defeat was at Everton on 16 March.


Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - 3rd round
2003/04 - 5th round
2004/05 - 3rd round
2005/06 - Quarter-final
2006/07 - Quarter-final
2007/08 - 4th round
2008/09 - 3rd round
2009/10 - 5th round
2010/11 - Winners
2011/12 - 3rd round

 

Manager Roberto Mancini
Days in charge: 1,211
Played 184
Won 109
Drawn 37
Lost 38


MOST RECENT LINE UP
Barclays Premier League
Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
Monday 8 April 2013
Attendance 75,498
Man City Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Nastasić, Clichy; Y Touré, Barry; Milner, Silva, Nasri; Tévez.
Substitutes Agüero for Nasri (71), Lescott for Silva (90+1), Javi Garcia for Tévez (90+4)
Booked Silva, Kompany, Tévez, Barry, Zabaleta
Scorers Milner (51), Agüero (78)

 

Last six results
Feb 24 Chelsea (h) W 2-0
Mar 4 Aston Villa (a) W 1-0
Mar 9 Barnsley (FA Cup h) W 5-0
Mar 16 Everton (a) L 0-2
Mar 30 Newcastle (h) W 4-0
Apr 8 Man Utd (a) W 2-1


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
This will be Chris Foy's second Chelsea v Man City match this season after the draw at Stamford Bridge in November. He also was the official for our Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Swansea when he sent off Eden Hazard. Both matches ended goalless.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.
Sunday 14 April is the last day that 10 bookings result in a two-match suspension. After that date the players will only receive a warning.
David Luiz has nine domestic bookings.

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Chelsea v Man City (FA Cup Semi Final)

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 12
    John Mikel Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 29
    Demba Ba
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar

Substitutions

  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 30
    Yossi Benayoun
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 13
    Victor Moses
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 57
    Nathan Ake
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution
Shots on Target
4
7
Shots off Target
5
4
Corners
2
3
Fouls
7
10
Most fouls
Luiz
Aguero
2
3
Yellow Cards
1
3
Red Cards

Manchester City

  • 30
    Costel Pantilimon
  • 5
    Pablo Zabaleta
  • 4
    Vincent Kompany
  • 33
    Matija Nastasic
  • 22
    Gael Clichy
  • 7
    James Milner
  • 42
    Yaya Toure
  • 18
    Gareth Barry
  • 8
    Substitution Samir Nasri
  • 32
    Substitution Carlos Tevez
  • 16
    Sergio Aguero

Substitutions

  • 1
    Joe Hart
  • 28
    Kolo Toure
  • 13
    Aleksandar Kolarov
  • 11
    Scott Sinclair
  • 10
    Edin Dzeko
  • 6
    Substitution Joleon Lescott
  • 14
    Substitution Francisco Javi Garcia

CHELSEA v MAN CITY (FA) - 14/04/13

Chelsea vs Manchester City Highlights


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DAY OF MATCH PREMIER LEAGUE FA CUP EUROPA LEAGUE
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Sunday fixture midnight Sunday midnight Monday n/a
Midweek fixture midnight the same day after 10pm the same day 11pm same day



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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 1 MANCHESTER CITY 2

Summary
A spirited second-half fight back could not prevent us being eliminated from the FA Cup at the semi-final stage.

It brings to an end our run of 29 games unbeaten in open play in this competition, on a day when the side's recent punishing schedule eventually caught up with us, with our opponents starting the stronger and forcing their way into a two-goal lead.

Samir Nasri struck the opener after 34 minutes, lashing home from inside the area at the end of a period where Petr Cech had been the outstanding performer, saving excellently early on as Chelsea struggled to get onto the front foot.

Eden Hazard did see a half-volley cleared off the line prior to the opener, but City were good value for their half-time lead, and quickly added to it when Sergio Aguero headed home two minutes after the break.

From there it was always going to be an uphill battle, but Demba Ba fired a goal back on 65 minutes following the introduction of Fernando Torres , and the Senegalese twice came close to an equaliser, only to find stand-in City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon in fine form.

And so our incredible run in this competition comes to an end. There are however two competitions where there remains everything to play for in the final month of the campaign.

Team news
As predicted, Rafael Benitez further rotated his side just three days after we had been in Europa League action in Moscow.

In came Branislav Ivanovic and Ryan Bertrand, who had recovered from illness, in place of John Terry and Paulo Ferreira at the back, John Mikel Obi for Frank Lampard in midfield, with Ramires dropping deeper in place of Nathan Ake. The three amigos, Juan Mata, Hazard and Oscar lined up behind Ba who replaced Torres. Cech wore the captain's armband.

City manager Roberto Mancini caused shockwaves with his decision to keep Pantilimon in goal ahead of Joe Hart, as he has done in this season's FA Cup campaign. Forward Carlos Tevez, who has inflicted damage to Chelsea in the past, started behind Sergio Aguero in attack.

First half
In a sign of things to come, City took the early initiative, twice testing Cech inside the opening 10 minutes. First, he reacted brilliantly to deny Aguero from close range following a City corner, and then pushed a Tevez cross-shot behind.

There was help too from his defenders, as Ivanovic blocked from Aguero and then Bertrand from Tevez as the league champions threatened to overrun the European champions, dominating possession and territory as the Blues, playing in black, struggled to get to grips with the game.

Our first opportunity did, however, very nearly bring the first goal, when Hazard's volley bounced down into the ground and over Pantilimon, only for City captain Vincent Kompany to head off the line. It proved to be an isolated incident on a frustrating afternoon.

Chelsea's two central midfielders had been forced deep by City's creative forces, allowing Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure both to come forward, and it was from the Ivorian's driving run that City did take the lead. He fed Aguero on the edge of the box, and the Argentine slipped in Nasri who fired beyond Cech into the corner.

FA Cup semi

It was a goal that would have taken few by surprise given the 35 minutes that had preceded it, where Chelsea's key creators had been starved of possession in dangerous areas. Mata did flash a curling effort just past the post shortly after the goal, but it was City who should have scored once more when the ball dropped to James Milner 12 yards out. With Cech beaten, his shot struck an offside Aguero rather than the back of the net, and Chelsea were still in the game.

In injury time, Kompany should have ensured we were out of it. A Chelsea attack collapsed, allowing Milner to counter down the left into the box. Chelsea were outnumbered, but he crossed poorly, only for Cech to parry the ball out to Kompany, normally such a composed figure at the back, but he snatched at his shot and was way off target.

Second half
Within two minutes of the restart, City had doubled their lead with a goal Chelsea should have done more to prevent.

Barry and Milner exchanged passes out on the right with little pressure applied on them, and Barry's inswinging cross found Aguero, who had peeled off Ivanovic to send a looping header beyond Cech and in off the far post.

With a two-goal cushion, City could now drop deeper and Mancini switched their shape to a 4-4-1-1. With fatigue sure to prove a factor too, it was hard to see the Blues finding enough to get back into it.

With little impact made using our short passing game, we started to try the longer ball, but Ba was receiving little joy as a lone frontman up against Kompany and Matija Nastasic.

With 25 minutes to go, Benitez brought on Torres in place of Mikel, and instantly Chelsea scored. David Luiz's long ball evaded Kompany, marking Torres, and dropped into the area for Ba, who swivelled and despatched a well-placed finish beyond Pantilimon.

FA Cup semi

With the sub, Oscar had dropped deeper alongside Ramires, with Torres employed down the left flank. It was now game on. Chelsea had come back from two down against one Manchester side this season, and now there was a feeling they could do it again.

Hazard swept forward and suddenly Mata was in after Nastasic had slipped, but Pantilimon was quick from his line to pad the ball away from the Spaniard's toes.

FA Cup semi

More Hazard magic inside the area then set up Ba, but his well-struck effort was parried clear by the Romanian.

From being in complete control, City were on the ropes and being kept ahead only by their backup goalkeeper. Mancini called for deep midfielder Javi Garcia to replace Tevez. Toure shifted slightly forward.

Kompany saw yellow for a body check on Hazard, which allowed David Luiz a 35-yard free-kick. The Brazilian struck it well, but just off target. Twelve minutes remained.

A Mata pass from deep proved just too long for Torres after Kompany had misjudged its flight again, and then Torres won a header from Azpilicueta's cross, but could not connect powerfully enough to beat the goalkeeper.

Then Torres was through again inside the five minutes, but a combination of Kompany and sub Joleon Lescott managed to prevent him getting a shot away. There was contact from the Belgian, but no penalty award from Chris Foy.

FA Cup semi


Chelsea (4-2-3-1):
Cech (c); Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Bertrand; Ramires, Mikel (Torres 65); Hazard, Mata, Oscar; Ba.
Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Terry, Ake, Lampard, Benayoun, Moses
Goal Ba 66
Booked Ramires 46, Torres 85

Manchester City (4-4-2): Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Nastasic, Clichy; Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Nasri (Lescott 86); Tevez (Javi Garcia 72), Aguero.
Unused substitutes: Hart, Kolarov, K Toure, Sinclair, Dzeko.
Goals Nasri 34, Aguero 47
Booked
Barry 25, Y Toure 45, Kompany 77

Referee Chris Foy
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OFFICIAL MAGAZINE & MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

The Chelsea FC matchday programme & official magazine are now both available to fans in multiple ways.

  • You can buy a digital version of either the programme or the magazine to download to your tablet and mobile devices.
  • If you prefer a hard copy they are available at the stadium or delivered to your door with an annual subscription.
  • Registered users can also read extracts from the matchday programme right here on chelseafc.com for free in the form of the manager and captain's programme notes written for every home game.

Digital Programme

DIGITAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Chelsea's official matchday programme will be available to download in digital format for Android and iOS tablets as well as Android mobile devices for the first time during the 2013/14 season. Our award-winning publication is released for every home game and is packed full of exclusive content, making it a must read for Blues fans of all ages.

Regular features in the programme for 2013/14 season include:

  • Read Jose Mourinho's thoughts in his exclusive manager's notes
  • Exclusive player features and regular Q&As with first-teamers
  • All the latest behind-the-scenes images and gossip from Cobham in The Insider
  • Captain's column
  • Detailed coverage of our opponents
  • In-depth look at the history of Chelsea FC and regular interviews with club legends
  • Column with different celebrity fan in each issue
  • Match analysis
  • All the latest Blues news
  • Under-21s, Academy and ladies pages

Single Issues = £2.99
Annual subscription = £39.99 (only available on iOS)


>> Android: click here to download or search "CFC Programme" in Google Play

>> iOS: click here to download or seach "CFC Programme" in the Newsstand


*Please note matchday programmes are available to download on the day of a home fixture

 

Digital Magazine

DIGITAL MAGAZINE

Chelsea magazine, the official monthly publication of Chelsea Football Club, is now available to download digitally for Android and iOS tablets, as well as Android mobile devices. Packed full of exclusive features, it is a must read for any discerning Blues fan. You can buy the latest issue of the magazine now for just £2.99.

Regular features in the magazine for 2013/14 include:

  • Jose Mourinho answering a selection of fans' question in every issue
  • Exclusive players feature with stunning behind-the-scenes images courtesy of the club's official photographer
  • The Games That Made Me Q&A with first-team squad members
  • Celebrity fan interviews
  • Bespoke historical features, catching up with former favourites and reminiscing on classic matches
  • Guest columnist Sebastian Coe
  • Detailed round-up of all the month's matches and full news summary
  • Academy player profile and summary of all the youth-team, reserve and Chelsea Ladies action
  • Shed End section devoted to the fans

Single Issues = £2.99
Annual subscription = £29.99 (only available on iOS)

Android >> click here to download this month's magazine  or search "CFC Magazine" in Google Play

iOS  >> click here to download this month's magazine or search "CFC Magazine" in the Newsstand

*Offer ends 28 February 2014.

Matchday Programme

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - MOURINHO

Last week at Swansea we worked hard, created a lot of chances to score and eventually we got the goal we needed to leave a difficult place with three points...

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - JT

We have got four games to go and four victories is a must for us to win the league...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - MOURINHO

We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...

GALATASARAY- 18/3/14 - JT

Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...

GALATASARAY - 18/3/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - MOURINHO

At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - MOURINHO

Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - JT

Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...

WEST HAM UNITED - 29/01/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - MOURINHO

Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...

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