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LONDON (AP) — Manchester City's quadruple dream has been extinguished by Chelsea
Even more concerning could be the injury to Kevin De Bruyne for the
Yourbasin by: ROB HARRIS, Associated Press Manchester City’s Rodrigo, center, jumps for the ball with Chelsea’s Mason Mount, left, and Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta during the English FA Cup semifinal soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, England, Saturday, April 17, 2021.
(AP Photo/Ian Walton, Pool)LONDON (AP) — Manchester City’s quadruple dream has been extinguished by Chelsea.
Even more concerning could be the injury to Kevin De Bruyne for the ongoing pursuit of a treble.Chelsea will be back at Wembley Stadium next month for the FA Cup final after a 1-0 victory over City was clinched by Hakim Ziyech on Saturday.Pep Guardiola will return even sooner next Sunday with City for the League Cup final but with doubts over whether De Bruyne will be fit to face Tottenham.“It doesn’t look quite good,” Guardiola said.
“But we will see tomorrow.”The influential Belgian playmaker hobbled off with an apparent ankle injury just as City is entering a crunch period of the season.A 11-point Premier League lead makes collecting that trophy a near-certainty but there is also a first Champions League semifinal with City for Guardiola against Paris Saint-Germain in what remains the priority title for the club.“We started the game a little bit slow and struggled a bit in the first half,” City midfielder Fernandinho said.
While Guardiola has been in charge almost five years at City, Thomas Tuchel has only been at Chelsea three months.
After picking up the pieces following the firing of Frank Lampard, the German now has a shot at a trophy in the FA Cup final against Leicester or Southampton next month.
And like City, Chelsea remains in Champions League contention with Real Madrid awaiting in the last four.“All the ways are still open, everybody is excited by it,” Ziyech said.
“And we cannot wait to play these games.”The performance against City will offer Tuchel encouragement of silverware.
While Timo Werner struggles for goals, assists are less of a problem.
It was his 12th of his first season at Chelsea, setting up Ziyech for the close-range finish in the 55th minute in an unguarded net after American goalkeeper Zack Steffen was left stranded.“It was a good delivery and I could just put it in easily,” Ziyech said.
“I still have a lot to work on, but I think I am on a good way.”There were no Chelsea fans to witness the goal in person.
But they should be allowed back into Wembley for the May 15 final as coronavirus restrictions are eased.
How to get safely back into venues will be assessed at Wembley on Sunday when up to 4,000 locals from the north London district are allowed in to see Leicester take on Southampton if they can produce a negative coronavirus test result.NEWCASTLE WINSNewcastle moved nine points clear of the relegation zone with a 3-2 victory over West Ham.Newcastle led through Issa Diop’s own-goal and Craig Dawson was sent off for receiving a second booking in the buildup.
Joelinton’s tap-in extended Newcastle’s lead before halftime but it was wiped out by Diop’s header in the 73rd and Jesse Lingard’s penalty after Ciaran Clark handled.
Newcastle recovered its lead through substitute Joe Willock’s powerful header.“I’m not going to take anything for granted,” Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said.
“I’ve always said it’s the accumulation of points, and 35, in my opinion, is not enough, so you won’t get me jumping and hollering at the moment.
We’ve still got six games to play.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.
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Chelsea progress through to the FA Cup Final for the second time in two years following a 1-0 win over Manchester City
Chelsea progress through to the FA Cup Final for the second time in two years following a 1-0 win over Manchester City.The Blues were in control throughout the first half, with City rarely threatening the Blues' backline.In the second half, Chelsea continued their control and were rewarded in the fifty-fifth minute.
Timo Werner's pace in behind allowed Hakim Ziyech to give Chelsea the lead.Hakim Ziyech scored the only goal of the game.Throughout the rest of the game, the Blues were sharp and reliant at the back and City had no answers for Tuchel's set-up.Here's our five things we learned from Chelsea's :1) Thomas Tuchel's fine man-management deserves the plauditsGoing into the showdown with City, it was clear that the side were going to press high and force Chelsea into a mistake.
The decision to start Werner, Ziyech and Mount may have surprised many, but it was the correct approach.
Werner's pace in behind allowed the Blues to break through and cause havoc for the City backline.
Defensively, the Blues were spot on once again and Thomas Tuchel should be credited with his pin-point managing.2) Mason Mount a work-horse once againThe rise of Mason Mount continues.
His sheer presence in the team is instrumental.
In the clash with City, Mount was up and down the pitch.
His work ethic is incomparable.
The young Englishman was a catalyst in midfield and arguably ran the show in the middle of the pitch.
He is undoubtedly the Blues' player of the season, and the youngster put in another quality display against Pep's side.Timo Werner's pace in behind caused a lot of problems for City.3) Reece James and Ben Chilwell continue to impressSince the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, the manager has changed the wingbacks a few times.
With that being said, it seems as if the Blues have their first-choice pairing.
In the showdown with Manchester City, both Reece James and Ben Chilwell put in yet another solid display in the FA Cup Semi-Final.
Particularly in the first half, the pair were high up and pressing the City side well.
When called upon at the back, both James and Chilwell were spot on and consistent when needed.4) Chelsea's backline reliant throughout the gameRight from game one under Tuchel, the Blues' defence have been spot on and have caught the eye of many.
Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger were at the heart of the backline for the Chelsea side.
Despite City making several chances, it was always going to be difficult to keep a clean sheet against Pep's men.
With that being said, the defence were so consistent and deserve all the plaudits.
Their system at the back stopped City from breaking through the backline.Thomas Tuchel deserves the plaudits for his man management.5) The frontline did their jobQuestions were raised as to why the front three started.
Timo Werner has endured a tough time throughout his tenure at Chelsea.
However, Timo's presence in the team benefitted Chelsea going forward.
With City pressing, Werner's pace in behind was key to breaking Pep's sides back line.
Mount's drive from defence to attack was spot on, and Hakim Ziyech's ability on the ball helped Che;sea progress through into the FA Cup Final.Next up for Thomas Tuchel's side is Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.Follow Absolute Chelsea on: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube.
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