Chelsea and Manchester City face off at Wembley tonight in the FA Cup semi-final.
Chelsea beat Sheffield United in the last round while City beat Everton to reach the last four.
City are aiming for an unprecedented quadruple this season and this clash will be a major test of their credentials.
The winner of this meeting will then face Leicester or Southampton, which will meet on Sunday, in the final on May 15.
City beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League in January and won EFL Cup glory against Les Bleus two years ago.
Pep Guardiola and his colleagues will know that another victory this weekend will put them in a brilliant position to win all four major titles this season.
But Thomas Tuchel’s West Londoners won’t come down without a fight as the German watches his first piece of silverware with the club.
Chelsea v Man City: How to listen
This match will start at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday April 17.
Full coverage of Wembley will be live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match prep starting at 4pm.
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Chelsea v Man City: team news
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic will miss this game after suffering hamstring strain in training.
Andreas Christensen is also out with a muscle injury, but N’Golo Kante, who has also struggled with a hamstring problem, is expected to be in good shape.
The Blues have no more problems to face.
Sergio Aguero is Man City’s only injury issue as he continues to treat a minor muscle problem.
He missed out on the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund midweek but could be fit to return.
City otherwise have a fully fit squad with defender Aymeric Laporte again available after overcoming a blow.
Chelsea v Man City: What was said?
Thomas Tuchel has admitted Chelsea are still lagging behind Manchester City – but he will hunt down the benchmark European club next season.
He said: “From next year, from the first day of next season, we’re going to chase them, we’re going to try to close the gap between us.
“And that’s the benchmark. For me, in Europe, there are two teams that are the benchmark, there are Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
“I don’t believe in the size of the clubs, in the difficulty or in the equality or not.
“We have to admit there is a gap, but for 90 minutes we’re very self-aware and very confident that we think we can close the gap tomorrow for a game.
“And that’s the goal for tomorrow. I happen to be happy to compete with the benchmark in England and Europe.
“We want the football momentum on our side, and playing at the highest level is not forcing things, and we’re going to need a little luck.”
Chelsea v Man City: Statistics and facts about the match
- Chelsea have lost four of their last five FA Cup games to Manchester City, including a 2-1 loss at this point in 2013. However, they won their most recent match of this genre 5-1 in February 2016.
- Manchester City have won six of their last nine meetings with Chelsea in all competitions (D1 L2), beating the Blues 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League already this season.
- Manchester City haven’t lost any of their three meetings with Chelsea at the new Wembley Stadium, beating them 2-1 in the 2013 FA Cup semi-finals, 2-0 in the 2018 Community Shield and on penalties in the 2019 League Cup final.
- Chelsea are looking to reach the FA Cup final for a 15th time, with only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) reaching it more often than the Blues. Chelsea have won seven of their last eight semi-final games, losing only to Man City in 2013 in that race.
- Manchester City have won nine of their last 11 FA Cup semi-final games, although they have been eliminated at this point in two of their previous four campaigns under Pep Guardiola (against Arsenal in 2017 and 2020).
- Chelsea are looking to reach the FA Cup final for the fourth time in the past five seasons, failing only in 2018-19 in that race. Thomas Tuchel would be the first German coach to reach the English FA Cup final.
- Man City boss Pep Guardiola is undefeated in his five managerial meetings with Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel (W3 D2), all between 2013 and 2016, when the Spaniard was in charge of Bayern Munich.
- Sergio Agüero has scored six goals in 10 appearances at Wembley Stadium for Manchester City. His six goals are more than any other Man City player has scored on the floor.
- No player has scored more goals in the 2020-21 FA Cup tournament (excluding qualifying) than Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (4).
- Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne has scored nine goals in his last eight FA Cup appearances, scoring four and assisting five.