Man City vs Chelsea LIVE: FA Cup semi-final result, final score and reaction as Bernardo Silva wins thriller

Bernardo Silva scored an 84th minute winner at Wembley to keep Manchester City’s double hopes alive and punish wasteful Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Just days after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League, Silva struck late on as Pep Guardiola’s side claimed a narrow 1-0 win.

But Chelsea suffered more Wembley heartbreak after Mauricio Pochettino’s side missed several clear chances to take the lead, with Nicolas Jackson spurning three clear opportunities.

Chelsea also saw appeals for a penalty waved away in the second-half when Cole Palmer’s free-kick struck Jack Grealish’s arm in the box, before Silva scored a late winner as City kept their FA Cup defence alive.

Follow all the action from Wembley below

Manchester City vs Chelsea LIVE

  • FULL TIME! Man City heading back to Wembley as Silva keeps FA Cup defence alive

  • 84’ GOAL! Silva breaks deadlock with finish from De Bruyne cross (MCI 1-0 CHE)

  • 57’ PENALTY? Palmer free-kick hits Grealish’s arm in box but nothing given (MCI 0-0 CHE)

  • 53’ SAVE! Crisp Foden shot down low saved well by Petrovic (MCI 0-0 CHE)

  • 49’ CHANCES! Jackson twice denied by Ortega but should have scored (MCI 0-0 CHE)

  • 29’ CHANCE! Jackson put through but can’t round goalkeeper as City clear (MCI 0-0 CHE)

  • Erling Haaland not in Man City squad | Raheem Sterling on Chelsea bench

Manchester City FC 1 - 0 Chelsea FC

FULL TIME! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:48 , Jamie Braidwood

Death, taxes and Wembley woe for Chelsea. Sorry Mr Jackson, but you need to apologise a trillion times for this one. This is on you.

A bruised and battered Manchester City were there for the taking, just as Liverpool were on the ropes two months ago. Once again, Chelsea weren’t just creating good chances, but gilt-edged, match-deciding ones, with regularity.

Yet somehow, just as Liverpool escaped with a last-gasp winner in February’s Carabao Cup final heartache, against the run of play, Bernardo Silva stole in at the back post to send the FA Cup holders through to next month’s showpiece and keep City’s domestic double hopes alive.

For Chelsea and Nicolas Jackson particularly, their comedic season of woe that Amazon will be rueing the day they hadn’t sent their cameras along to capture is showing no sign of abating.

By Pete Hall at Wembley

Chelsea waste FA Cup chance as Nicolas Jackson lets Man City let off the hook

FULL TIME! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:29 , Jamie Braidwood

Pep Guardiola says it is “unacceptable” that Manchester City and Chelsea played today while Coventry and Manchester United tomorrow, with City in action against Real Madrid in midweek.

Pretty strong stuff from the Manchester City manager.

“It’s unacceptable to let us play today,” he said. “It’s impossible, for the health of the players. It’s not normal. It’s unacceptable. 120 minutes, the emotions of Madrid, the way we lose, honestly. I know this country is special [with the FA Cup] but it’s for the health of the players. I don’t understand how we survived today.”

FULL TIME! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:24 , Jamie Braidwood

Seven more wins and City will have won a second consecutive Premier League and FA Cup double, too.

FULL TIME! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:24 , Jamie Braidwood

Chelsea have now lost 10 of their 13 matches at the new Wembley - losing both games under Mauricio Pochettino this season.

Once again, after the Carabao Cup final, Chelsea had chances to win the game but experience was a factor.

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FULL TIME! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:22 , Jamie Braidwood

We could yet have a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United, but Coventry City will have something to say about that tomorrow afternoon.

FULL TIME! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:21 , Jamie Braidwood

Bernardo Silva, speaking to the BBC: “Very happy after a very frustrating week for all of us, for me personally. The good thing is in football at Man City, you play every three days. Every three days you have the chance to put things right and now we have a chance to win another trophy.”

“Between Coventry and Manchester United, it’s going to a tough game. We’re happy to be into another final.”

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FULL TIME! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:18 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City’s players look exhausted. Silva’s goal gets them through to Wembley. That is some response from Wednesday night. They got the job done but Chelsea should have put the game away.

FULL TIME! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:14 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City are heading back to Wembley!

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:14 , Jamie Braidwood

90+7 mins: One last chance for Chelsea as Mudryk stands over a free-kick out wide....

... and it goes straight out for a goal-kick.

Awful from Mudryk and it sums Chelsea up.

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:12 , Jamie Braidwood

90+6 mins: City get the chance to break but De Bruyne heads straight for the corner. City are almost there but Chelsea will get one last chance...

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:09 , Jamie Braidwood

90+4 mins: Silva, again, just keeps the ball in the corner. They’ve been second-best today, but City have the experience of getting these wins. Chelsea don’t and it’s been that simple.

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:08 , Jamie Braidwood

90+2 mins: Man City have the ball where they want it: in the corner.

Pochettino looks furious.

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:06 , Jamie Braidwood

90 mins: We’re into eight minutes of added time.

And if Chelsea don’t get an equaliser they are going to be under the microscope once again.

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:06 , Jamie Braidwood

90 mins: Oh that is another HUGE chance! Chiwell breaks through down the left and has Sterling in acres of space in the middle, but doesn’t get his cross away in time! So poor.

Chelsea have been so wasteful today.

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

19:04 , Jamie Braidwood

87 mins: Silva was about to be replaced by Guardiola before scoring that late goal. Oscar Bobb is now on for Alvarez, after De Bruyne is booked for a kick on Enzo Fernandez.

Chelsea have made a late double change - Raheem Sterling is finally on, as is Ben Chilwell.

GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea (SILVA 84’)

18:59 , Jamie Braidwood

84 mins: Almost out of nowhere, Bernardo Silva fires City in front at Wembley!

De Bruyne makes a good run to the byline and pulls a cross back. It breaks to Silva, who keeps his cool to finish low into the ground. Cucurella tried to throw himself at the ball to make the block, but it deflects in!

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Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:58 , Jamie Braidwood

82 mins: If City lose today, they can have no complaints. Alvarez hacks a shot over the bar after a pull-back from Akanji. Pep Guardiola’s side have had a gruelling week, but they’ve been second best.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:54 , Jamie Braidwood

79 mins: Ortega can continue. City clear the corner but from the second phase Chelsea put the cross back in. Palmer is there... a chance? No, he’s offside.

Time for a double Chelsea change: Gusto can’t continue and is replaced by Disasi. Mudryk comes on for Madueke.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:52 , Jamie Braidwood

76 mins: And now Ortega goes down as Chelsea win a corner down the right. Gusto did well to get down the wing, but it should of been a goalkick as it came off Akanji.

Ederson is on the bench and might be needed as Ortega is struggling.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:50 , Jamie Braidwood

73 mins: There’s a delay as Gusto goes down to receive some treatment, but the right back is able to continue.

Will we get ourselves a winner before extra time?

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:45 , Jamie Braidwood

70 mins: SAVE! That’s what Doku gives you! The winger beats Gusto and creates space in the box, and then drills a low shot at goal, but Petrovic is there to save.

Then Doku goes again down the left. He cuts it back and eventually finds De Bruyne, who places his shot wide.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:44 , Jamie Braidwood

68 mins: Oh my goodness... this is so bad from Caicedo. Palmer releases him down the left but the midfielder gets his cross all wrong and boots it out of play with Jackson in the middle. All of Chelsea’s chances have fallen to the wrong people

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:42 , Jamie Braidwood

66 mins: And that’s the end of Grealish’s day. He’s absolutely fuming with the officials and goes right to the fourth official’s ear to tell him so after he is replaced by Jeremy Doku.

Moises Caicedo is on thin ice and surely his last warning.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:39 , Jamie Braidwood

63 mins: A concern for Jack Grealish here, and Moises Caicedo is perhaps lucky he’s still on the pitch.

The Chelsea midfielder follows through in his challenge and catches Grealish high on the leg. Grealish stays down and looks hurt.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:36 , Jamie Braidwood

60 mins: Jackson races clear again! But this time Walker sprints back and manages to get his body across to barge Jackson, who goes to ground. Walker took a chance, but looks to have got that right.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:35 , Jamie Braidwood

59 mins: The strange thing about that Chelsea penalty appeal is if Michael Oliver didn’t see that it hit off Grealish to give a corner, how could he rule that it wasn’t handball?

Surely he’s got to be sent to the monitor.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:32 , Jamie Braidwood

56 mins: Penalty?! Oh Jack Grealish could be in trouble here... Palmer strikes a free kick from range and it strikes Grealish in the wall. But Grealish’s arm was out side and that was where the ball hit as it went out for a corner.

Michael Oliver has his hand to his ear... but there’s no review!

I think Grealish it quite lucky there as there’s an argument his arm is not in a natural position to block that free-kick.

It’s not even given as a corner. Weird one.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:29 , Jamie Braidwood

53 mins: SAVE! A fine stop from Petrovic to deny Foden! A smart ball back to Foden allowed him to hit a shot first time. Foden catches it well, but Petrovic is equal to his low effort as it skims off the surface. A good stop down to his right.

On second viewing, Foden could have done better and found the corner. Still, it’s City’s first shot on target.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:24 , Jamie Braidwood

48 mins: TWO HUGE CHANCES for Jackson! Both missed!

Chelsea should be 1-0 up and Pochettino won’t believe they’re not. First Jackson was slipped through on the left, but couldn’t squeeze his finish past Ortega. Then Palmer dug out a brilliant chance for Jackson at the back post, but his header was straight at Ortega again!

I’ve got to say, Walker was sleeping on both.

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Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:23 , Jamie Braidwood

47 mins: A weird start to the half for City as Ortega scuffs his clearance, giving Madueke the chance to strike at goal. It’s wide.

Walker has also caught Gallagher, so further signs that City have yet to wake up for the start of the second half.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:20 , Jamie Braidwood

And we’re back underway!

A place in the FA Cup final against either Manchester United or Coventry City is up for grabs.

Or will City be taken to extra time for the second time in four days?

HALF TIME! Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:20 , Jamie Braidwood

One change for City at half-time: Ruben Dias is on for John Stones.

HALF TIME! Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:14 , Jamie Braidwood

The biggest chance of the half. We’ve seen it before from Jackson this season.

HALF TIME! Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:05 , Jamie Braidwood

All square and no goals at Wembley.

It’s been a lively half with both teams having their moments.

But Chelsea are in the game and will be happy with how they’ve done so far.

Few shots on target, but lots of chances: Jackson had the best of them but failed to test Ortega.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:03 , Jamie Braidwood

45+1 mins: Nope. De Bruyne sweeps a cross to the back post but it goes straight out of play.

We’re into two minutes of time added on.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:02 , Jamie Braidwood

45 mins: Another foul from Caicedo, this time on Grealish with a tug on his shirt. It’s a booking for the midfielder and another City free-kick just before half-time.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

18:01 , Jamie Braidwood

44 mins: Deary me, that’s sums up City’s half so far. Foden’s cross goes straight out of play.

Palmer then loses the ball but Fernandez wins it back on the edge of the box as he barges De Bruyne off it.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:59 , Jamie Braidwood

42 mins: Too much this time from City. Foden comes alive to turn on the edge of the but De Bruyne tries a flick and the move breaks down. Foden is then chopped down by Caicedo and it gives City a free-kick in a decent position.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:58 , Jamie Braidwood

40 mins: Will Chelsea come to pay for missing these good chances? They’re on top, that’s for sure, but City can clear again as Gusto’s cross is chested back to Ortega by Walker.

City have got to be better in the second half.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:55 , Jamie Braidwood

37 mins: SAVE! That was almost it for Palmer! After another good spell of Chelsea pressure, Palmer takes a touch in the box, beats Rodri for fun, and sees his shot spin and head for the corner.

But Ortega got across to keep it out down low.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:52 , Jamie Braidwood

34 mins: Great defending from Walker and Stones, as Chelsea fly forward again! Gusto couldn’t pick out Jackson as Walker got back just in time, then when it fell to Madueke, Stones was there to make the block.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:50 , Jamie Braidwood

32 mins: We’ve only had five attempts, and only two on target (both for Chelsea). But it feels like more given how open this has been at times.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:48 , Jamie Braidwood

31 mins: End to end, this! City almost break through as De Bruyne is slipped in. Chalobah gets back well to block De Bruyne’s shot.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:47 , Jamie Braidwood

29 mins: HUGE CHANCE! Was Jackson onside??? It looks like it! But Jackson didn’t believe it!

One straight ball beats the City defence and puts Jackson into a race with Stones. Jackson wins it - easily - but then can’t finish after deciding to try and go round Ortega. City got players back and Jackson’s cutback is intercepted by Ake.

And the flag stayed down. Jackson was in his own half!

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Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:45 , Jamie Braidwood

27 mins: CHANCE! Almost the opener for City! Grealish digs out a wonderful cross to the back post and picks out the arriving Silva. The Portuguese heads back across goal, but it’s straight at Petrovic!

Chelsea get some relief as Foden was offside and then went for the ball.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:44 , Jamie Braidwood

26 mins: De Bruyne’s free-kick is helped on and out by Jackson, as Chelsea then clear the City corner...

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:41 , Jamie Braidwood

23 mins: Chelsea are on top and asking questions! De Bruyne loses the ball to Gusto, who carries forward well. City don’t have the same level of control as they usually do, but cut out Gusto’s cross.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:38 , Jamie Braidwood

21 mins: There’s a good flow to this! Chelsea are in the game and are causing City some problems with the structure of their press. Pochettino has gone has something different with Gallagher out on the left wing and Jackson joining Palmer in what looks like a 4-4-2 off the ball.

And Chelsea look dangerous when they win it back and counter.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:37 , Jamie Braidwood

19 mins: CLOSE! Oooh, almost a lovely goal from Alvarez. The Argentine shifts, rolls, and cuts back to work space on his left. He drills a shot low but it’s blocked by his team-mate. De Bruyne was offside.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:35 , Jamie Braidwood

17 mins: Now a decent move from Chelsea. Jackson shapes up Stones on the left wing and finds a yard of space to flash a ball across the face of goal.

But there’s no one there.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:32 , Jamie Braidwood

13 mins: OFF THE LINE! City so close to the opener, as De Bruyne unlocks the Chelsea defence in one pass! He slices through Chelsea to release Foden, who tries to go around Petrovic but is forced wide. Cucurella heads away as Foden tried to cut it back, and Chelsea clear.

It was good goalkeeping from Petrovic in the end.

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Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:29 , Jamie Braidwood

10 mins: Palmer wins the ball back just inside the City half and goes for goal from a long way out...

... it didn’t have the distance to trouble Ortega, who saves easily, but Palmer was trying to recreate one of his four goals against Everton from Monday night.

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Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:27 , Jamie Braidwood

8 mins: Madueke wins a corner on the right after his cross is blocked by Man City are able to clear. At the other end, De Bruyne’s cross is blocked by Caicedo and City get their first corner.

They had 16 corners against Real Madrid on Wednesday without scoring...

... but they almost do here! De Bruyne takes it short to Alvarez and the Belgian’s cross finds Rodri at the back post. Petrovic collects against his post.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:24 , Jamie Braidwood

6 mins: Chelsea are dropping deep as City take charge of the ball, but Pochettino’s side almost break forward as Jackson is released. Ake gets back to make the challenge.

But then a moment later, Gallagher wins it back from Gallagher and Palmer releases Jackson. The striker slips and his shot is straight at Ortega.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:21 , Jamie Braidwood

4 mins: Silva has to jump into another challenge after another loose Chelsea pass - this time from the goalkeeper Petrovic. It’s been a fast start from City, Chelsea yet to settle.

Palmer looks fine now.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:19 , Jamie Braidwood

2 mins: A let off for Chelsea in the opening minute! Cucurella’s pass to Thiago Silva misses the Brazilian and Alvarez jumps on it. City can’t take advantage and the play breaks down, a let off for sure.

And Cole Palmer is hobbling after a minute! Has he picked up a knock already?

KICK-OFF! Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:18 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City get us underway! Both teams are in blue - City in their sky blue strips, City in their royal blue.

Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

17:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Here we go! There’s a warm embrace between Guardiola and Pochettino before we get underway. Lots of eyes on Cole Palmer today - could he knock Man City out of a second competition in four days?


Manchester City vs Chelsea: Latest build-up

17:11 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne asked to come off because “they could not continue” before the Champions League holders were knocked out by Real Madrid on penalties in the quarter-finals.

Haaland is City’s top scorer this season and regular penalty taker, while De Bruyne, who scored City’s equaliser, would have also been among City’s top options ahead of the shootout after 14-time champions Madrid held on for a 1-1 draw after extra time.

“It’s normal, with the amount of games we’ve played this season and in the previous seasons,” Guardiola said whe asked about his players being tired. “There’s not much time for recovery, we played extra-time and the intensity we play. We are not machines, the fatigue is there.”

On Haaland’s absence today, Guardiola said: “He’s injured. I don’t think it’s much but he’s not able for today. I don’t know [if he’ll be back for Brighton on Thursday].”

Erling Haaland is a doubt for Manchester City after being substituted against Real Madrid (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)
Erling Haaland is a doubt for Manchester City after being substituted against Real Madrid (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)

Manchester City vs Chelsea latest build-up

17:06 , Jamie Braidwood

In another world, Cole Palmer might have been lining up for Manchester City against Chelsea today. But Pep Guardiola said the City forward “was asking to leave for two seasons” prior to his £40m to Stamford Bridge last summer.

“He’s an exceptional player, we knew when he was here. I’ve said many times, I didn’t give the minutes that maybe he deserved and now he has at Chelsea. I understand completely.

“He’s a shy guy with a lot of potential. It is what it is. He’s playing fantastically well.

“But he was asking for two seasons to leave. I said ‘no, stay’. But he still said ‘no, I want to leave’. What could we do? I said stay because Riyad [Mahrez] has gone but for two seasons he wanted to leave.”

With 25 goals and 13 assists in all competitions this season, Palmer has the most goal contributions in Europe this season among players aged 23 or younger.

That includes Erling Haaland, by the way.

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Manchester City vs Chelsea: Latest build-up

17:02 , Jamie Braidwood

What Chelsea must prove as they return to scene of biggest humiliation

The blue billion-pound bottle jobs return to the scene of the crime. Or one of the crimes, anyway. For Chelsea, a second visit of the season to Wembley is an unwanted reminder that they can snatch ignominy from the jaws of respectability, that they can seem embarrassing when they could otherwise be impressing. Sadly for them, it may not be necessary. The selfishness of the petulant pair of Nicolas Jackson and Noni Madueke, squabbling over a penalty against Everton on Monday that was clearly meant for Cole Palmer, would add another dimension to a shootout against Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday: with the pressure on, would anyone other than the nonchalant, nonplussed Mancunian step up, let alone prove so eager to wrestle the ball off a teammate to volunteer their services?

Wembley, the first half of what could have proved a cup double, highlighted other questions about their mentality. Gary Neville’s infamous jibe at Mauricio Pochettino’s team stemmed from extra-time, as Jurgen Klopp introduced ever more unknown and inexperienced players and yet Liverpool won the Carabao Cup.

By Richard Jolly

What Chelsea must prove as they return to scene of biggest humiliation

Man City vs Chelsea betting tips: FA Cup predictions, odds and free bets

17:01 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea on Saturday has taken on greater significance in their campaign following Wednesday’s Champions League exit (5.15pm, BBC One).

The Cityzens’ defence of their European crown ended abruptly in a 4-3 defeat on penalties to Real Madrid, the two sides having played out a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their quarter-final showdown at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side had been favourites to lift the trophy for a second straight year, but now those hopes are over, there’s a greater emphasis on their Premier League and FA Cup quests.

Get the latest odds, here

Is Man City v Chelsea on TV? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch

16:50 , Jamie Braidwood

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match live on BBC One, with coverage on the channel from 4.45pm. A live stream will be available via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.

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Jack Grealish opens up on ‘difficult’ Man City season and reveals Pep Guardiola message

16:40 , Jamie Braidwood

Jack Grealish does seem the sort to suffer from a crisis of confidence. The Brummie’s bubby persona can endear him, as well as making him the antidote to the some of the blander figures around. He has a relish for life, his enjoyment of playing football apparently only topped by the fun he evidently had celebrating Manchester City’s treble.

But if Grealish’s frankness can form part of his appeal, and made it unsurprising that he readily admitted he had found this season tough, the revelation he had lost belief in himself felt more of a shock. If it has been reflected in some subdued displays, they illustrated the England international’s state of mind.

“I just think sometimes if you’re not playing and probably not up to it in training, in your own head you just don’t feel confident,” he said.

A stop-start season saw him lose form, except for a spell in November and December and a recent resurgence. “It’s been difficult,” he added.

Jack Grealish opens up on ‘difficult’ Man City season and reveals Guardiola message

Manchester City vs Chelsea: Latest build-up

16:31 , Jamie Braidwood

It’s already been a historic day for Chelsea Football Club. A stunning victory for Emma Hayes’s side, who became the first team in five years to beat Barcelona away from home, means they will take a 1-0 lead back to Stamford Bridge in next week’s Women’s Champions League semi-final second leg.

Over to Mauricio Pochettino and his players now to see if they can also secure a big semi-final win for the Blues.

Chelsea produce the unthinkable as Hayes writes famous chapter into farewell story

Man City vs Chelsea CONFIRMED team news!

16:22 , Jamie Braidwood

Raheem Sterling is on the Chelsea bench as Enzo Fernandez returns from the 6-0 win over Everton. Cole Palmer starts, of course, with Noni Madueke and Nicolas Jackson completing the front three.

Axel Disasi returns to the Chelsea bench but Trevoh Chalobah is preferred.

Man City vs Chelsea CONFIRMED team news!

16:20 , Jamie Braidwood

There is no Erling Haaland in the Man City squad as Pep Guardiola makes four changes from his team that played Real Madrid, with Stefan Ortega, Nathan Ake, John Stones and Julian Alvarez come in. Kevin De Bruyne makes it.

Man City vs Chelsea CONFIRMED line-ups!

16:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Man City XI: Ortega, Walker, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Alvarez

Chelsea XI: Petrovic; Gusto, Chalobah, Silva, Cucurella; Fernandez, Caicedo, Gallagher; Madueke, Palmer, Jackson

Man City vs Chelsea team news dropping soon

16:05 , Jamie Braidwood

Erling Haaland is a doubt after the striker was unable to continue against Real Madrid, but Kevin De Bruyne is fit after also asking to come off before extra time. Manchester City are not thought to have any major new injury concerns, though workload management will be key after the Real Madrid second leg stretched beyond extra time. Kyle Walker was able to complete the entire game after his hamstring issue, but may be given a chance to recover here.

For Chelsea, Raheem Sterling, Enzo Fernandez and Axel Disasi are available after missing the 6-0 win over Everton, while Christopher Nkunku is back in “partial training”. Chelsea remain without Levi Colwill, Reece James and Wesley Fofana.

Man City vs Chelsea team news dropping soon

15:57 , Jamie Braidwood

The players are arriving at Wembley as Manchester City face Chelsea for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

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Manchester City vs Chelsea: Latest build-up

15:51 , Jamie Braidwood

Pep Guardiola has called on his Manchester City side to respond to midweek disappointment as they look to book their place in the FA Cup final.

“We don’t have an option, we don’t want to feel sorry for ourselves,” he said. “We performed at our best [against Real Madrid] but were not able to win.

“We don’t have time to reflect, we’ll do that in the summertime. In football you compete to win, but sometimes you lose games, and that’s what happened.”


Chelsea’s penalty debacle proves one thing about their ridiculous season

15:32 , Jamie Braidwood

It was an argument straight from the playground. Even as Chelsea cruised to their best win of the season, Mauricio Pochettino’s side somehow found a way to remind everyone of how far there is to go before this young team can be taken seriously. “If they behave like kids, it’s impossible,” sighed Pochettino, unable to hide his frustration.

Immature? A team of individuals? An absence of leadership on the pitch? Chelsea have been accused of all of the above and more this season – and so a very public falling out over a second-half penalty at Stamford Bridge showed exactly what Pochettino is up against in his own dressing room. Cole Palmer, Chelsea’s star player and a contender now for footballer of the year, is the club’s designated penalty taker, yet the actions of Noni Madueke and Nicolas Jackson in attempting to claim the penalty for themselves not only overshadowed a brilliant 6-0 win over Everton but threatened to undermine their manager’s authority.

Chelsea’s penalty debacle proves one thing about their ridiculous season

Mauricio Pochettino draws a line under Chelsea penalty row

15:21 , Jamie Braidwood

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino was left “so upset” after his players argued over penalty-taking duties during the 6-0 win over Everton on Monday night, in scenes he branded “unacceptable”.

Chelsea were four goals up - with Cole Palmer scoring a first-half hat-trick at Stamford Bridge- when Nicolas Jackson and Noni Madueke sparked the unsavoury incidents as they started pushing and shoving over who should take the penalty.

Today’s FA Cup semi-final could be decided by penalties and Pochettino said: “We were talking a lot this week because we were practising penalties. I think it’s clear. I made clear after the game. We had a meeting with the players and staff and they were involved also the sporting director.

“I explained my feelings and in the future it cannot happen like this. The message was clear and now we need to move. They are clever and understand the situation. In another way it’s good that a player wants to take responsibility for a penalty, show the character and personality of the team and the players.

“But they need to respect discipline and the rules which are so important. The way they wanted to do things was in a very wrong way. It’s important for them to learn and for us to apply common sense and act in a different way in the future. Now all is clear we need to move on.”

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How Real Madrid’s ‘lucky’ night exposed the truth about Man City

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The man sometimes described as football’s greatest manager considered a result that could lead to Carlo Ancelotti winning a fifth Champions League, while his own tally will remain a mere three. “In other sports, we would have won with those statistics,” said Pep Guardiola. Manchester City had 32 shots to Real Madrid’s eight. Real scored four penalties to City’s three. Barcelona’s most successful coach quoted his mentor. “Johan Cruyff said luck doesn’t exist and I agree with him.”

There is, though, a case that fortune did not favour City: eliminated on penalties after 210 minutes of drama, they could reflect upon Real’s two deflected goals in the Bernabeu, the illness that made Kevin De Bruyne a late withdrawal in the Spanish capital, the moment when Erling Haaland hit the bar in Manchester, when the Belgian blazed over as he seemed set to cap a tour de force with a decider. There was Bernardo Silva’s misguided decision to try and chip Andriy Lunin from 12 yards; “it happens,” said a forgiving Guardiola. They were fine margins and this could have been another season of continental superiority. Indeed Ruben Dias, scarcely the most outspoken of footballers, said City “dominated the whole game” against Real.

How Real Madrid’s ‘lucky’ night exposed the truth about Man City

Manchester City vs Chelsea: Latest build-up

13:26 , Jamie Braidwood

Cole Palmer took his Chelsea tally to 20 goals in the Premier League with another hat-trick on Monday night, scoring four at Stamford Bridge.

“He has been sensational and there is an argument he could be Player of the Year – that’s how good he has been,” said former Chelsea star Joe Cole, who said Palmer simply has to be in England’s Euros squad this summer.

“You have to bring a player of that quality. The technicians are what are going to win us the tournament. They all have to go and they all have to have time on the pitch.

“Palmer is a top player. I have watched him play and he is a top, top player.

“Cole Palmer is an absolute genius.”

Cole Palmer an ‘absolute genius’ who could help England win Euro 2024 – Joe Cole

Manchester City vs Chelsea: Latest build-up

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Since losing the League Cup final to Manchester City on penalties, Chelsea have lost six finals in a row at Wembley - although they have won all three of their FA Cup semi-finals during that time.

2020: 3-1 vs Manchester United

2021: 1-0 vs Manchester City

2022: 2-0 vs Crystal Palace


Manchester City vs Chelsea: Latest build-up

12:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Pep Guardiola’s side lost three FA Cup semi-finals in a row between 2020 and 2022 - but they won the FA Cup on both occasions they reahed the final under Guardiola (2019 and 2023).

2019: 1-0 vs Brighton

2020: 0-2 vs Arsenal

2021: 0-1 vs Chelsea

2022: 2-3 vs Liverpool

2023: 3-0 vs Sheffield United

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Manchester City vs Chelsea latest build-up

12:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City and Chelsea both have unwanted records that they’ll want to improve today.

Man City have won just two of their last six FA Cup semi-finals, while Chelsea have just have lost their last six finals at Wembley. Even though today is a semi-final, there is talk of a Wembley curse among the Blues...

Man City vs Chelsea predicted line-ups

12:04 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City XI: Ortega; Lewis, Stones, Dias, Ake; Rodri; Foden, Silva, De Bruyne, Doku; Alvarez.

Chelsea XI: Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Silva, Chilwell; Fernandez, Caicedo, Gallagher; Palmer, Jackson, Sterling.

Chelsea early team news

12:03 , Jamie Braidwood

Raheem Sterling, Enzo Fernandez and Axel Disasi are available after missing the 6-0 win over Everton, while Christopher Nkunku is back in “partial training”. Chelsea remain without Levi Colwill, Reece James and Wesley Fofana.

Man City early team news

12:02 , Jamie Braidwood

Erling Haaland is a doubt after the striker was unable to continue against Real Madrid, but Kevin De Bruyne is fit after also asking to come off before extra time. Manchester City are not thought to have any major new injury concerns, though workload management will be key after the Real Madrid second leg stretched beyond extra time. Kyle Walker was able to complete the entire game after his hamstring issue, but may be given a chance to recover here.

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12:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Hello and welcome

Manchester City continue their chase of a second consecutive FA Cup crown as they take on Chelsea at Wembley.

The semi-final clash comes hot on the heels of Manchester City’s Champions League exit on penalties to Real Madrid.

It means there will be no repeat treble, but their chances of twin trophies were boosted by league slip-ups for both Arsenal and Liverpool last weekend.

Chelsea, though, will have designs on silverware of their own as they bid to make a strong finish to a mixed first campaign under Mauricio Pochettino.

Here’s everything you need to know.