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The Etihad Stadium

Sat 15 Feb 2014 17:15 (Attendance: 47,013)


Chelsea are the opposition in consecutive home games for Man City due the effect of the midweek weather. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are the forecasters ahead of this cup visit…

It seems longer ago than 12 days that Chelsea were inflicting the first domestic defeat of the season at the Etihad on Manchester City. Prior to that game, settled by Branislav Ivanovic's left-foot screamer, City had been behind in a home league game for just eight minutes all season.

Both clubs have won this competition in the last three years. City tasted success in 2011 and it is a reflection of football's modern priorities that Chelsea's Wembley triumph in 2012 against Liverpool was completely overshadowed by events in Munich a fortnight later.

Now the Champions League is drawing the gaze again and City, in particular, will have one eye on Tuesday's visit of Barcelona going into this fifth-round tie.

The current Barclays Premier League leaders enjoy a 60 per cent success rate in knockout competitions against the Citizens, including the first ever in the FA Cup 99 years almost to the day. (See 'We Have History' section tomorrow for more.)

Man City ended Chelsea's interest at the semi-final stage at neutral Wembley last season (losing in the final to Wigan) but on the home ground of top-flight opponents the Londoners are a tough nut to crack.

It is nine years since Chelsea lost an away FA Cup tie to a top-flight club.

The Blues' most recent defeat in another Premier League side's stadium was way back in 2005 at St James' Park during José Mourinho's first season, Newcastle United winning the fifth round tie by the only goal. Chelsea closed the game with nine men as Wayne Bridge had been carried off on a stretcher after a bad challenge from Alan Shearer and Carlo Cudicini was sent off (resulting in him missing the Carling Cup final).

Tuesday evening produced almost the same old story at the Hawthorns: Chelsea go ahead then allow West Bromwich Albion to build up a head of steam and hit back. On our last two visits the Throstles have run out winners, so we should be grateful for small mercies. That is now one win in five visits to what has become a bogey ground for the Blues.

Mourinho has talked a lot about efficiency and personality this season. Chelsea did not manage any clearing headers in four corners for the Baggies and could not find the net from two fine breakaways that should have exposed Ben Foster.

As the Portuguese has said, a 'ready' team would either make no mistakes leading to conceding, or kill the game and win 2-0. He conceded there were elements of failing at the latter in our performance at the Etihad, otherwise rightly lauded right across the football spectrum.

The Citizens seemed jolted by that loss and reverted to their prosaic away displays of early season in the next match at Norwich, a lethargic 0-0. After that, apart from a maths lesson from Mourinho, the headache Manuel Pellegrini did not want was the postponement of their midweek home game with Sunderland. It was called off one hour before kick-off for public safety reasons amid gale-force winds.


The weather has added to increasingly complex logistics for the Mancunians as the season reaches a crucial phase. Both Capital One Cup finalists had already been forced to rearrange games scheduled for 1/2 March: the Manchester derby was due to be played that weekend, but is now on Tuesday 25 March.

Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup games are not allowed to clash with UEFA matchnights - the FA was fined a year ago for failing to prevent this happening. That rules out available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until mid-April, so the rescheduled City-Sunderland league game may come just before the Citizens' possibly pivotal trip to Anfield.

Chelsea will have played two more league games than City by then and will hope the pressure to regain ground will start preying on the minds of the Mancunians.

It was fixture congestion José Mourinho had in mind recently when he said cup replays are the only thing he would be keen to change in English football. Should the scores be level after 90 minutes on Saturday, the date for a return game at Stamford Bridge has yet to be set.

A victory for either side would also mean shunting league games booked for 8 March to a later date: Chelsea have a derby with Tottenham, City are currently hosting Aston Villa.

The draw for the FA Cup quarter-final will be on ITV on Sunday at around 3.30pm.

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The pattern in previous rounds of this competition has been that Jose Mourinho has rested a few of the players who have played the most. In the previous round's win against Stoke City he made five changes. In came Mark Schwarzer for Petr Cech, Ashley Cole for Cesar Azpilicueta, Frank Lampard and second-debutant Nemanja Matic for John Mikel Obi and John Terry (replaced at the back by David Luiz), and Andre Schurrle for Ramires.

This time around Terry, who has missed his first Premier League minutes of the season in the last week, is out. Gary Cahill limped away from the disappointing draw at the Hawthorns on Tuesday so his fitness is being assessed ahead of this game. Branislav Ivanovic is a possibility to play centre-back with Cole and Azpilicueta as full-backs.

Manuel Pellegrini also has factors to contend with. The postponement of the home game against Sunderland meant a free week for his team, though the fixture will have to be crammed into their busy schedule at some stage.

More pertinently they host Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg and that will clearly have a bearing on the Chilean's team selection for Saturday evening. The Catalans entertain Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening. Chelsea's first Champions League game against Galatasaray is the following week.

City will not be able to call on key injured players Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero and Matija Nastasic, though midfielders Samir Nasri and Javier Garcia resumed training this week and are fit to return this weekend.

Former Arsenal forward Nasri has often excelled himself against Chelsea. He opened the scoring at Wembley in last season's FA Cup semi-final and set up Aguero's equalising goal in our 2-1 victory over City at the Bridge in October.

Yaya Toure remains available despite his off-the-ball kicking of Norwich forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel. (At the right moment, perhaps someone should remind referee Phil Dowd that Yaya is the brother of the player responsible for barging him over on Wednesday evening!)

The outstanding Ivorian centre midfielder has not always played in this competition, in which Manuel Pellegrini has retained only a kernel of his usual Premier League starting 11. That means runouts for his English contingent Jack Rodwell, Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards.

In the last round City trailed 0-2 at home to Watford, the Chilean suggesting he would have made 11 changes at half-time were it permitted. Instead a hat-trick from Aguero and an untimely error by Hornets goalkeeper Jonathan Bond turned things around.

With many likely changes to personnel on either side, this is unlikely to resemble a repeat of the remarkable league match on the same field 12 days ago, though Mourinho will no doubt have similar plans to confront and dislodge the lynchpin of City's team, Toure, should he feature. In Chelsea's 1-0 victory that job fell mostly to Matic and Willian.

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With City's rearguard struggling against the pace and high pressing of his side, Mourinho could hand a first start to new boy Mohamed Salah, with Cole, Frank Lampard, John Mikel Obi and Andre Schürrle also eager for playing time ahead of the business end of the season.

Mourinho could hand Demba Ba a start upfront, continue Fernando Torres's return to match fitness or stick with Samuel Eto'o, who retained possession and linked well before coming off at the Hawthorns.

The Chelsea manager warned again that inefficiency in front of goal - evident at the Etihad and against West Brom - was one of the factors that might cost the Blues silverware this season.

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Chelsea and Manchester City meet for the 150th occasion on Saturday and the fifth in the FA Cup.

The first FA Cup meeting at Hyde Road on 20 February 1915 was part of an immensely historic campaign for the Londoners, culminating in our debut appearance in a final at Old Trafford in April.

Football was providing escapism from the horrors of World War One and many footballers had volunteered for service.

It was, according to the Manchester Guardian, 'a keen, exciting and at times very untidy game' and although 'it would be unfair to say that Chelsea did not deserve to win … it is true to say that Manchester City were rather unlucky to lose.'

The Citizens had a fair share of the play and the chances. The difference was that 'Chelsea had in [James] Molyneux a goalkeeper as nearly unbeatable as any goalkeeper could be. By his wonderful judgement and nimbleness he managed to spoil Manchester's best efforts, and if once in a while Molyneux was out of the way there was always some trusty back or half-back who intervened.'

Thus fortified - or Molyfied - Chelsea edged into the fourth round with a wonderfully executed finish 10 minutes from the end. Three Chelsea forwards burst forward, passing between them, with City's full-back William Henry fluffing his chance to intervene.

The Pensioners' centre-forward 'One-eyed Bob' Thomson nipped in and directed an angled shot past Walter Smith in the City goal - his fourth of the campaign. The disabled striker was one of the stars of the 1914/15 FA Cup run and the great England skipper Vivian Woodward (pictured below), home on leave, graciously turned down a starting place in the final on the grounds Thomson was more deserving.

Vivian Woodward

Thomson was a character. When asked how he coped when the ball came to him on his blind side he would quip, 'I close my good eye and play from memory.'

In all our Chelsea and City have met 10 times in various cup competitions with the west Londoners successful in six of them.

Last season Manchester City beat Chelsea five times in the Community Shield, Premier League, FA Cup plus two post-season friendlies in the USA. Chelsea achieved one home goalless draw in the Premier League in Rafael Benitez's first match in charge. Chelsea have achieved the league double over City this term.

Chelsea v Manchester City in the FA Cup
3rd round, 20 February 1915, Hyde Road
Man City.…...…………….0 Chelsea……….…………..1
Att: 39,000

4th round, 24 January 1948, Maine Road
Man City.…...…………….2 Chelsea……….…………..0
Att: 45,059

4th round, 23 January 1971, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea……….….……….0 Man City………………...3
Bell 2
Att: 50,176


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

Chelsea v Manchester City in all competitions
Games played 149
Chelsea wins 63
City wins 49
Draws 37

Biggest win at Man City for each team
Man City 6-2 Chelsea - 26/11/1977
Man City 1-4 Chelsea - 03/05/1933 and 01/10/1966

Chelsea lost away in the FA Cup: 2,170
City's last home defeat: 12
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,192
Liverpool won the league: 8,687

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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, 2013

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
Season Round reached Defeated by
2003/04 Fifth Arsenal
2004/05 Fifth Newcastle
2005/06 Semi-final Liverpool
2006/07 Winners
2007/08 Quarter-final Barnsley
2008/09 Winners
2009/10 Winners
2010/11 Fourth Everton (penalty shoot out)
2011/12 Winners
2012/13 Semi-final Man City

This season's FA Cup campaign
Jan 5 (3) Derby (a) W 2-0
Jan 26 (4) Stoke (h) W 1-0

FA Cup scorers (3):
Oscar 2, Mikel 1

Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 games since Sunderland defeated us in the Capital One Cup on 17 December.

Since then we have kept nine clean sheets and conceded three goals in our last 12 league and cup matches.

Frank Lampard is our all-time top scorer in the FA Cup with 26 goals.

Last six results
Jan 19 Manchester United (h) W 3-1
Jan 26 Stoke (FA Cup h) W 1-0
Jan 29 West Ham (h) D 0-0
Feb 3 Manchester City (a) W 1-0
Feb 8 Newcastle (h) W 3-0
Feb 11 West Brom (a) D 1-1

2012/13 scorers (70)
Hazard 14 (2 pens), Oscar 9, Eto'o 8, Torres 8, Lampard 6 (1 pen), Ramires 4, Ba 3, Ivanovic 3, Schurrle 3, own goals 3, Mikel 2, Terry 2, Willian 2, Azpilicueta 1, Cahill 1, Mata 1

FA Cup games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 12

Chelsea's next three games
Sat 22 Feb Everton home 12.45pm
Wed 26 Feb Galatasaray (Champions League) away 7.45pm
Sat 1 Mar Fulham away 3pm

Our next win will be the 150th during Jose Mourinho's two spells at Stamford Bridge. His record is: played 222, won 149, drawn 47, lost 27, goals scored 400, goals conceded 147.

Frank Lampard's next converted penalty will be his 50th for the Blues. His next goal will be his 250th in his club career (Chelsea 209, West Ham 39, Swansea 1).

Congratulations to Nathan Ake who celebrates his 19th birthday on Tuesday (18th)

Formed 1880

Man City in the FA Cup
Winners: 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011
Runners-up: 1926, 1933, 1955, 1981, 2013
Semi-finalists: 1924, 1932

This season's FA Cup campaign
Jan 4 (3) Blackburn (a) D 1-1
Jan 15 (Rep) Blackburn (h) W 5-0
Jan 25 (4) Watford (h) W 4-2

FA Cup scorers (10):
Aguero 4, Negredo 3, Dzeko 2, Kolarov 1

Manchester City have won their last five FA Cup matches at the Etihad with an aggregate 21-2 although all have been against Championship clubs. Their last home tie against a Premier League team was in the third round in 2012 when they lost 2-3 to rivals Man Utd.

Man City have scored 72 goals at the Etihad in 19 matches in all competitions, an average of 3.8 goals per match. Chelsea and Bayern Munich have inflicted their only home defeats of the season.

Our Premier League match at the Etihad two weeks ago was the first time Man City didn't score at home in the Premier League since November 2010 - 62 games ago.

Chelsea are the only team to beat City in the last 22 games in all competitions (18 wins, 3 draws, 1 defeat) scoring 69 goals and conceding 23.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
Season Round reached Defeated by
2003/04 Fifth Man Utd
2004/05 Third Oldham
2005/06 Quarter-final West Ham
2006/07 Quarter-final Blackburn
2007/08 Fourth Sheffield Utd
2008/09 Third Nottingham Forest
2009/10 Fifth Stoke
2010/11 Winners
2011/12 Third Man Utd
2012/13 Final Wigan

Manager Manuel Pellegrini
Days in charge: 246
Played 39
Won 29
Drawn 4
Lost 6


Last six results
Jan 18 Cardiff (h) W 4-2
Jan 21 West Ham (League Cup a) W 3-0
Jan 25 Watford (FA Cup h) W 4-2
Jan 29 Tottenham (a) W 5-1
Feb 3 Chelsea (h) L 0-1
Feb 8 Norwich (a) D 0-0

Premier League scorers (115)
Aguero 26 (2 pens), Negredo 23, Dzeko 17, Touré 15 (3 pens), Nasri 5, Navas 5, Silva 5, Kolarov 4, own goals 4, Fernandinho 3, Jovetic 3, Kompany 3, Milner 2.

FA Cup games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 10
A home defeat: 5

City's completed January transfers

Ins None
Outs John Guidetti (Stoke City, loan), Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town, undisclosed), Albert Rusnak (Birmingham City, loan), Abdisalam Ibrahim (Ergotelis, free), Emyr Huws (Birmingham, loan)

Phil Dowd is the official for his fourth Chelsea match this term. His previous three were the 3-1 win against Manchester Utd last month, the 4-3 at Sunderland in the league and Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, a 2-0 victory. He was the referee when we beat Man United 1-0 at home in last season's FA Cup quarter-final replay.

There are no suspensions.

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Manchester City v Chelsea (FA Cup)


Manchester City

  • 30
    Costel Pantilimon
  • 5
    Pablo Zabaleta
  • 4
    Vincent Kompany
  • 6
    Joleon Lescott
  • 22
    Gael Clichy
  • 7
    James Milner
  • 14
    Francisco Javi Garcia
  • 42
    Yaya Toure
  • 21
    David Silva Substitution
  • 10
    Edin Dzeko Substitution
  • 35
    Stevan Jovetic Substitution


  • 9
    Alvaro Negredo Substitution
  • 13
    Aleksandar Kolarov
  • 2
    Micah Richards
  • 8
    Samir Nasri Substitution
  • 15
    Gonzalez Jesus Navas Substitution
  • 1
    Joe Hart
  • 26
    Martin Demichelis
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Javi Garcia
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 21
    Nemanja Matic
  • 7
    Substitution Nascimento Ramires
  • 22
    Substitution da Silva Willian
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 29
    Substitution Samuel Eto'o


  • 11
    Substitution Emboaba Oscar
  • 15
    Substitution Mohamed Salah
  • 9
    Substitution Fernando Torres
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer

Manchester City vs Chelsea Highlights

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We exit the FA Cup at the fifth-round stage having not matched the performance level of the league win on this ground earlier in the month.

It was a deserved win for Manchester City who this time found a way to stop Chelsea's counter-attacking threat, and were able to restrict the visitors to no attempts on target during the 90 minutes.

Stevan Jovetic in the first half and Samir Nasri in the second scored the goals that did the damage after well-worked moves. Man City's display was not packed with attempts on goal, although Petr Cech saved well from Edin Dzeko before the break, but they had enough to end our run of 12 games unbeaten, stretching back to the Capital One Cup exit at Sunderland.

Team News
There was good news before kick-off with Gary Cahill fit to start following his calf injury in the closing minutes at West Brom midweek. It meant Jose Mourinho was able to name the same side as the one that did so well in the league game here, bar one player. With David Luiz needed in defence in the absence of John Terry, John Mikel Obi was drafted into midfield.

Manuel Pellegrini made five more changes from two weeks ago, with Costel Pantilimon in goal and Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, Javi Garcia, James Milner and Stevan Jovetic also starting.

First half
Prior to kick-off there was a minute's silence which turned to applause for legendary England international Sir Tom Finney who died yesterday aged 91. A one-club man, one of the most famous photos of the winger was taken when Preston visited Stamford Bridge in 1956 (pictured below). He was also a special guest at a reunion dinner of our 1955 Championship-winning side, held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea in 2005.

Tom Finney

It surprised many people how open the recent league game between these sides was, so given the outcome for the home side that night, it was less of a surprise Man City committed men forward and left gaps far less readily in the early stages of this match.

They did have territorial advantage during that period but it wasn't until Petr Cech didn't hold a Yaya Toure shot on 14 minutes that the first chance came. Jovetic was the player following in but with a lot of the goal to aim for, the Montenegro striker clipped the bar.

He atoned for the miss just a minute later. A quick move involving Clichy, Silva and Dzeko moved the ball to the right and found Chelsea's cover stretched. With the chance there to shoot first-time across Cech, Jovetic found the net via the inside of the far post.

Man City v Chelsea

There was hope of a quick reply from the Blues when Pantilimon fumbled an Ivanovic cross but City scrambled the ball clear before Eto'o could capitalise.

The home team's next effort was screwed well wide by Toure who had earlier been spoken to by referee Phil Dowd following a succession of fouls.

Cech dived to save Dzeko's well-struck 23rd-minute shot. Man City were on top with Chelsea struggling to retain the ball when we won it in our own half. When it was worked upfield, Willian shot high over the bar.

However as the half entered its final quarter-of-an-hour there was a degree of consolidation by Chelsea. The ball was protected more carefully and we defended one wrongly awarded free-kick well.

Vincent Kompany was the first player booked when he brought down Hazard as Chelsea were springing into a counter-attack just inside the City half.

Man City v Chelsea

Two minutes before the interval the home side went close to doubling the lead when Milner's low ball fired across goal just evade Dzeko. David Luiz was booked for a challenge in the build-up having over-committed when coming forward to intercept.

Instead it was a single-goal deficit we took into the changing room at half-time. A recovery was within reach, but it would need more menace to be found in our attacking play.

Second half
Mourinho brought on Mohamed Salah for Samuel Eto'o for the restart. Our team shape now would more closely match that of City, with the Egyptian and Hazard the most forward players and Willian out on the left wing with Ramires remaining on the right.

Chelsea were initially asked to do plenty of defending as the home side drilled a collection of crosses into our area, but City were kept at bay. Jovetic was booked after running into David Luiz and tumbling in the quest for a free-kick near the Chelsea penalty area.

Still we had yet to muster an attempt on target so the Hazard-Salah experiment was parked in favour of Fernando Torres. The Spaniard replaced Ramires on 60 minutes. Pellegrini made his first change at the same time - Samir Nasri, who was back from injury, coming on for Jovetic.

The referee's patience with Toure's fouls came to an end soon after and a yellow card was shown after a tangle of long legs with Matic.

The home side's second goal came on 65 minutes when Chelsea were opened up down the inside-left channel. The ball was played forward to Nasri who moved it on to Silva; debatably judged just onside. The Spaniard cut the ball inside to Nasri who had continued his run and beat the unprotected Cech.

Two-nil was a fair reflection of the game with Chelsea having not tested Pantilimon since the keeper's early mishandling. The difference between a team that had their midweek game postponed and one that had played a league game away from home may have been on show.

The final substitution by Mourinho swapped one Brazilian for another - Willian off, Oscar on.

Lescott had the ball in the Chelsea net after a corner as the home side looked to put the tie to bed once and for all but was ruled offside.

Inside the final 10 minute we won our first two corners of the game, but City were equal to the deliveries and when we pushed forward in open play, there were plenty of opponents back to snuff out danger.

Man City v Chelsea

It was always going to need a top performance from the Blues to remain in this competition given the tough draw, and on this occasion it was a step too far.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c); Ivanovic, Cahill, D Luiz, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Ramires (Torres 60), Willian (Oscar 71), Hazard; Eto'o (Salah h/t).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Schurrle.
Booked David Luiz 44, Matic 88.

Man City (4-4-2): Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Lescott, Clichy; Milner, Y Toure, Garcia, Silva (Navas 68); Dzeko (Negredo 80), Jovetic (Nasri 60).
Unused subs Hart, Richards, Demichelis, Kolarov.
Scorers Jovetic 16, Nasri 66.
Booked Kompany 38, Jovetic 56, Y Toure 62, Garcia 83.

Phil Dowd
Crowd 47,013


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