News

Chelsea line up vs Man City

Our regular FA Cup goalkeeper this season Kepa Arrizabalaga retains his place between the posts for today’s semi-final against Manchester City.

The Spaniard's inclusion is one of the three changes Thomas Tuchel makes to the side that started against Porto in midweek. The other alterations are in attack, as Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner replace Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz. 

That means the same defence, wing-backs and centre midfielders who played in Seville four days ago. Billy Gilmour is named on the bench, with Tuchel able to select up to five subs in today's semi-final. Before kick-off he explained why Tammy Abraham is not in the squad of 20. 

‘There isn’t much on Tammy but he’s lost a little bit of confidence recently and we’ve taken the hard decision to leave him out today,’ explained Tuchel.

‘It was a tough decision but we decided to go with Timo, and with Kai and Oli Giroud from the bench. We have other injured players missing today, which would mean even more hard decisions.’

Man City make eight changes to their most recent line-up that beat Dortmund on Wednesday. Ruben Dias, Rodrigo and Kevin De Bruyne are the three players who retain their place. 

Chelsea (3-4-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Thiago Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Ziyech, Werner, Mount.

Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Emerson, Zouma, Gilmour, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Giroud.

Man City: Steffen, Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Mendy, Fernandinho (c), Rodri, De Bruyne, Torres, Sterling, Jesus.

Subs: Ederson, Ake, Walker, Zinchenko, Stones, Gundogan, Silva, Foden, Mahrez.

The referee is Mike Dean. 

MORE FROM CHELSEA