Manchester City take on Chelsea in the first FA Cup semi-final of the weekend, with the bookmakers giving City a strong chance of reaching the final against Manchester United or Coventry City. Pep Guardiola’s side might be competing on several fronts right now, although they still have a squad capable of landing multiple pieces of silverware.

City once again have the opportunity to win three trophies this term, with Wembley being familiar territory for a side who recently landed a 3-3 draw at Real Madrid in the Champions League. However, this result not only outlined their propensity for scoring goals but also for some of the defensive aberrations which have been costing them dear.

Cole Palmer is a former Manchester City midfielder who will give Chelsea hope that they can somehow pull off a victory. Pochettino will also point to the fact that the London side took Liverpool to extra-time in the EFL Cup final before being defeated, with the draw a potential runner when you consider the previous two scorelines between the pair.

An entertaining 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge was followed by a 1-1 draw and perhaps Chelsea will thrive as the underdogs in this encounter. This now remains their only chance of landing silverware this term, with Pochettino hoping that an expensively-assembled squad can give some kind of demonstration that they’re on the right track.


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