LONDON: Chelsea beat Manchester Metropolis 1-0 on Saturday to guide a spot in subsequent month’s FA Cup ultimate due to a second-half aim by Hakim Ziyech that prolonged a exceptional turnaround since supervisor Thomas Tuchel took over as Blues coach in January. In contrast, Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola – who made eight adjustments to the facet which beat Borussia Dortmund within the Champions League in midweek – noticed his dream of steering them to an unprecedented quadruple of titles come to an finish.
Eight-times FA Cup winners Chelsea face Leicester Metropolis or Southampton, who play their semi-final on Sunday, within the showpiece match on Could 15. It is going to be the Stamford Bridge facet`s fourth apperaance within the ultimate prior to now 5 seasons.
Ziyech scored within the fifty fifth minute when he tapped into an empty internet from a cross by Timo Werner with Metropolis goalkeeper Zack Steffen in no man`s land after racing off his line to shut Werner down however then seeming to vary his thoughts.
“You all the time need to have the sensation earlier than the sport that you just need to rating,” the Morocco winger – who has struggled to search out his type after arriving at Stamford Bridge from Ajax Amsterdam final 12 months – informed the BBC. “It was a superb supply and I put it in simple,” he stated.
Metropolis`s Steffen made some amends a couple of minutes later when his outstretched leg thwarted Ziyech when the ahead appeared sure to attain a second aim after poor defending by Metropolis.
The victory at an empty Wembley Stadium, with followers not allowed to attend as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, leaves Tuchel within the hunt for 2 trophies with the Blues additionally within the Champions League semi-finals the place they face Actual Madrid.
The German, who changed Frank Lampard after a stoop in type by the Londoners, outsmarted Guardiola along with his game-plan, specializing in catching Metropolis with quick counter-attacks down the wings, one in every of which offered the breakthrough second.
Metropolis`s woes had been compounded by the lack of midfielder Kevin de Bruyne early within the second half with an obvious ankle damage which Guardiola stated “in all probability doesn`t look fairly good”.
Runaway Premier League leaders Metropolis might nonetheless win a treble of trophies this season as they’re again at Wembley for the League Cup Ultimate towards Tottenham Hotspur subsequent Sunday and face Paris St Germain within the Champions League semi-finals.