Manchester City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple went up in smoke as they have been crushed 1-Zero by Chelsea within the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.
Hakim Ziyech’s strike within the 55th minute was all that separated the 2 sides and gave Thomas Tuchel’s aspect a deserved win over the unusually sluggish City at Wembley.
To make issues worse for City, they misplaced star man Kevin De Bruyne to damage.
The midfielder was substituted after 47 minutes after touchdown awkwardly on his ankle and is now a doubt for subsequent weekend’s Carabao Cup last conflict with Tottenham.
Chelsea took the tie to Pep Guardiola’s aspect from the beginning, with their greatest likelihood of the primary half falling to Ben Chilwell, who miscued a volley.
Ziyech put the ball within the internet within the early phases however the purpose wasn’t given on account of an offside. However he wouldn’t be denied after the break, with the winner bearing a resemblance to his first-half strike.
Timo Werner discovered himself by way of on purpose down the left as he latched onto a Mason Mount by way of ball.
The German may have shot himself however squared it to his teammate, who was in a a lot better place, and Ziyech duly tapped into an empty internet.
City not studying their lesson upset former participant Trevor Sinclair, who stated throughout talkSPORT’s stay commentary: “Glorious run by Werner. He’s been making these runs all recreation. It’s much like the purpose that was offside within the first half… wonderful end, he solely needed to go it into the purpose.
“I’ve to say it’s poor defending from Manchester City. It’s a must to take a look at sure positions of gamers and Benjamin Mendy doesn’t get anyplace close to spherical sufficient to cowl that Ziyech run and it’s a easy end.”
Inevitably, City got here out of their shells after the purpose went in however Ziyech almost made it 2-Zero as he collected a protracted ball. His effort was effectively saved by Zack Steffen, although.
The runaway Premier League leaders had a few half-chances as Ruben Dias headed over a troublesome alternative from shut vary, whereas Raheem Sterling fired over when leaving it to the onrushing Ilkay Gundogan could have been the higher possibility.
Their greatest likelihood got here in stoppage-time when Rodri’s header nearly snuck in on the close to submit. This got here moments earlier than Christian Pulisic thought he’d doubled Chelsea’s lead however the American was offside.
Chelsea will face both Leicester or Southampton, who play of their semi-final on Sunday LIVE on talkSPORT, within the last on Might 17.