Chelsea ends Man City’s quadruple title bid, reaches FA Cup final
LONDON – Manchester City’s quadruple dream has been shut down by Chelsea. Even more worrying could be Kevin De Bruyne’s injury for the continued pursuit of a hat-trick.
Chelsea will return to Wembley Stadium next month for the FA Cup final after a 1-0 win over City over Hakim Ziyech on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola will return even earlier next Sunday with City for the League Cup final, but with doubts whether De Bruyne will be fit to face Tottenham.
“It doesn’t look very good,” Guardiola said. “But we’ll see tomorrow.”
The influential Belgian playmaker has injured his ankle as City enter a crisis period of the season.
An 11-point lead in the Premier League makes collecting this trophy a near-certainty, but there is also a first Champions League semi-final with City for Guardiola against Paris Saint-Germain in what remains the title. priority for the club.
“We started the game a bit slow and struggled a bit in the first half,” City midfielder Fernandinho said.
While Guardiola has managed for almost five years at City, Thomas Tuchel has only been at Chelsea for three months.
After collecting the parts following the sacking of Frank Lampard, the German now has a chance on a trophy in the FA Cup final against Leicester or Southampton next month. And like City, Chelsea remain competing in the Champions League with Real Madrid waiting in the last four.
“All the ways are still open, everyone is excited,” Ziyech said. “And we can’t wait to play these games.”
The performance against City will offer Tuchel the encouragement of the silverware. While Timo Werner struggles for goals, passing is less of a problem. It was his 12th in his debut season at Chelsea, setting Ziyech for a close range finish in the 55th minute in an unguarded net after USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen found himself stranded.
“It was a good delivery and I could just put it on easily,” Ziyech said. “I still have a lot of work to do, but I think I’m on the right track.”
There were no Chelsea fans to witness the goal in person. But they should be allowed to return to Wembley for the May 15 final, as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed.
How to return safely to the sites will be assessed at Wembley on Sunday, when up to 4,000 residents of the North London district will be allowed to see Leicester take on Southampton if they can produce a negative coronavirus test result.
Newcastle moved away from the relegation zone nine points with a 3-2 win over West Ham.
Newcastle led in homeward Issa Diop’s goal and Craig Dawson was sent off for receiving a second booking in preparation. Joelinton’s tap-in extended Newcastle’s lead before half-time, but it was wiped out by Diop’s 73rd header and Jesse Lingard’s penalty after Ciaran Clark managed.
Newcastle recovered their lead thanks to a powerful header from substitute Joe Willock.
“I’m not going to take anything for granted,” Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said. “I always said it was the point accumulation, and 35, in my opinion, is not enough, so you won’t make me jump and scream just yet. We still have six games to go. . “