Eleven days before their Champions League semi-final first leg against PSG, Manchester City was eliminated by Chelsea (1-0) this Saturday in the semi-final of the FA Cup. Very disappointing, the Skyblues saw their playing master Kevin De Bruyne come out with injury in the second half.
Manchester City will not become the first English team to achieve the quadruple this season. Set off to win the title in the Premier League, still in contention in the Champions League and soon against Tottenham in the League Cup final, the Skyblues suffered a halt this Saturday by being eliminated by Chelsea (1- 0), in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Any indication on their state of form eleven days before their C1 semi-final against PSG (exclusively on RMC Sport)?
Be careful not to learn too much from this meeting. In a busy schedule, Pep Guardiola had decided to run with eight changes from the eleven lined up Wednesday in Dortmund (2-1) in the quarter-final second leg of C1. Exit Ederson, Oleksandr Zinchenko, John Stones, Phil Foden, Ilkay Gündogan or Riyad Mahrez. Make way for Zack Steffen, Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Ferran Torres, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus. Raheem Sterling, down in efficiency in recent weeks, also took the opportunity to regain a starting place. Opposite, Olivier Giroud once again took his place on the bench at kickoff, Thomas Tuchel preferring to trust Timo Werner at the forefront.
Concern for De Bruyne
A choice that almost paid off right from the start. On a cross at the end of the run from the German striker, Hakim Ziyech appeared in the box to shoot Steffen, but his goal was refused for an unclear offside from Werner (6th). A first alert for Skyblues struggling. Without ideas and almost at a standstill when building. Very, very far from their usual level. This could have allowed the Blues to open the scoring before the break, but the attempts of Ben Chilwell (19th) and Reece James (34th) did not find the target. Except that by dint of retreating and losing an incalculable number of balls, City logically ended up cracking.
With the passing of a great mistake from his guardian. As at the start of the match, Werner escaped in depth before finding Ziyech behind, sharper than Mendy and well helped by the strange exit of Steffen (55th). Damn disappointing, with an unusual technical waste, the Cityzens have also seen their master to play out on injury. Hit in the right ankle, De Bruyne had to give way to Foden at the start of the second period (48th). Gündogan also appeared on the Wembley turf, but City continued to spoil each of their (rare) offensives.
A godsend for the Blues, who will challenge Leicester or Southampton in the final, opposed this Sunday (7:30 p.m.). They continue to gain momentum before their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid (April 27 and May 5). The Skyblues have two more games to regain confidence before heading to the Parc des Princes on April 28. They will host Aston Villa in the Premier League (April 21), then there will be the League Cup final (April 25).
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