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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

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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