Man City 4-0 Chelsea LIVE! Blues crash out - FA Cup result, match stream and latest updates today

Man City 4-0 Chelsea LIVE! Blues crash out - FA Cup result, match stream and latest updates today

Riyad Mahrez struck twice as Manchester City eased to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup third round.

Three of the champions’ goals in a one-sided encounter at the Etihad Stadium came in a 15-minute spell late in the first half as Mahrez, Julian Alvarez - from the penalty spot - and Phil Foden all found the target.

Mahrez added a fourth with City’s second penalty of the afternoon five minutes from time.

It was City’s second win over the out-of-form Londoners in the space of four days and piled on the frustration for their manager Graham Potter.

After a run of just one win in seven in all competitions, Chelsea supporters booed their side and were also heard chanting the names of former owner Roman Abramovich and ex-manager Thomas Tuchel.

City have no such concerns and, as well as looking to reel Arsenal in at the top of the Premier League, could now be hosting them in the fourth round - if the Gunners can see off Oxford on Monday.

City, who rested Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, effectively had the game wrapped up by half-time.

The sides made 13 changes between them from the teams that played each other on Thursday but it was soon apparent City boasted greater strength in depth.

Chances were scarce as the game began at a slow tempo but City comfortably established control.

Mahrez first threatened when he beat Lewis Hall on the right but Kepa Arrizabalaga claimed his cross.

Cole Palmer wasted a golden opportunity after 13 minutes when he latched onto a long ball from Aymeric Laporte and shot into the side-netting instead of squaring for Alvarez.

Mahrez made no mistake, however, after he was fouled just outside the area by Hall. He got up to curl a superb free-kick into the top corner, albeit via a slight deflection off the wall, to put City ahead after 23 minutes.

Things got worse for Chelsea on the half-hour when Kai Havertz inexplicably charged and punched the ball away defending a corner. The offence was initially missed by referee Robert Jones but there was no escape for Havertz following a VAR review.

Alvarez fired the resulting penalty past Kepa despite the keeper getting a hand to his shot and having done his best to put the World Cup winner off with some words as he placed the ball on the spot.

Alvarez went close to another soon after but Kalidou Koulibaly just did enough to take the sting out of his effort.

Foden made it 3-0 when he rounded off a fine team move seven minutes before the interval.

The ball was spread from the right to the left and then back to the right, where Mahrez controlled brilliantly and casually fed the onrushing Kyle Walker to cutback for Foden to tuck home.

City went close again on the stroke of half-time when Alvarez was inches away from connecting with a Mahrez cross.

Such were Chelsea’s struggles, they did not even register a shot until a Mason Mount effort was deflected wide in the 55th minute.

City eased off but Mahrez curled an effort narrowly wide in the 73rd minute. He then did even better from the spot late on after Koulibaly bundled over Foden.

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Manchester City FC 4 - 0 Chelsea FC

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Atmosphere at Chelsea turns mutinous as fans make their feelings clear

21:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea’s season hit a new low and turned mutinous as they slumped to a second defeat to Manchester City in four days.

The Blues had come out with their heads held somewhat high after a 1-0 Premier League defeat on Thursday but they were dominated in a 4-0 FA Cup defeat on Sunday.

The humbling means Chelsea have exited both domestic cup competitions at the first stage for the first time in 34 years. They are 10th in the Premier League, 10 points outside the top four and in serious danger of missing out on Champions League qualification.

It had appeared many Chelsea supporters in the away end left the Etihad Stadium after Phil Foden put their side 3-0 down at the end of the first half.

Read Nizaar Kinsella’s full analysis here!

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Potter addresses Tuchel chants with Chelsea boss convinced of dressing room support

19:45 , Jonathan Gorrie

Graham Potter insisted he still has the support of the Chelsea room after their heavy defeat away at Manchester City in the FA Cup.

Chelsea lost 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium and pressure is building on Potter.

Supporters in the away end chanted for former manager Thomas Tuchel, as well as Roman Abramovich, as Potter battles to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.

Asked if his players were still giving their all for him, Potter denied his squad are downing tools despite the atmosphere at the club becoming increasingly negative.

Read Potter’s full comments here!

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Guardiola tells Boehly want to do with Potter after Chelsea thrashing

19:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

Pep Guardiola has urged Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly to remain patient and not listen to the boo boys calling for Graham Potter to be sacked.

Manchester City knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup in a comprehensive 4-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, consigning the west Londoners to a run of just one win in seven matches.

The Blues also face a trophyless season after being knocked out of the FA Cup third round, having also gone out of the Carabao Cup to City.

Read the full story here!

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Chelsea player ratings: Havertz shocker as Koulibaly worries continue

18:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea were knocked out of the FA Cup after a 4-0 defeat against Manchester City.

Pressure grows on Graham Potter, whose side were well beaten in a defeat that means Chelsea have now exited both domestic cups at the first stage for the first time in 34 years.

Riyad Mahrez scored a stunning free-kick and a penalty, with Julian Alvarez also netting from the spot and Phil Foden scoring in open play.

Chelsea fans chanted for both Roman Abramovich and Thomas Tuchel as the atmosphere turned toxic in the away end at the Etihad Stadium.

Nizaar Kinsella was at the Etihad Stadium to witness the action...

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Unhappy Chelsea fans sing for Roman Abramovich and Thomas Tuchel

18:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea fans chanted the names of Roman Abramovich and Thomas Tuchel during their FA Cup humbling against Manchester City.

As the problems at Chelsea depended, unhappy away supporters at the Etihad Stadium turned on the club’s new owners and turned up the scrutiny on manager Graham Potter.

“Roman Abramovich” was sung by the away end in the second half before Chelsea supporters chanted “We’ve got Super Tommy Tuchel”.

Read the full story here!

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Full match report

18:26 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea crashed out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage for the first time since 1998 as pressure grows on Graham Potter following a meek display at Manchester City.

Missing both his first-choice full-backs, Potter turned to Lewis Hall and Trevoh Chalobah to match City’s wingers with young Bashir Humphreys in the middle alongside Kalidou Koulibaly. A commendable, albeit somewhat forced given the injury crisis, decision of course but Pep Guardiola’s ruthless attackers were able to toy with them at ease.

While it matters little now, the visitors actually looked comfortable in the opening stages. Brave enough to build from the back despite City’s machine-like press, both Kai Havertz and Mason Mount had caught the home side out on the break but were unable to bring through balls under control.

Read the full story here!

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FT: Man City 4-0 Chelsea

18:22 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea booed off after a meek display. Looks like a mountain to climb for Graham Potter.

GOAL! Man City 4-0 Chelsea | Riyad Mahrez ‘84

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84:00 - Mahrez scores from the spot after Koulibaly brings down Foden.

Ouch

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CHANCE FOR MAN CITY!

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72:00 - Mahrez places a shot just wide as Chelsea allow him to drive at them.

Nizaar Kinsella at Etihad Stadium

17:56 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea fans are singing for Thomas Tuchel.

Nizaar Kinsella at Etihad Stadium

17:52 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chants of Roman Abramovich at the Etihad. Unclear at this stage if it is Man City fans baiting Chelsea or the other way around.

Double City change

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First shot for Chelsea

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54:00 - Nice interplay betwe Mount and Gallagher sees the former get a shot off, forcing Ortega into a save for the first time today.

With the caveat that City are sitting off, the changes at the break have at least given them more of a presence up front.

Really sloppy play from Chelsea

17:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

51:00 - A lot of misplaced passes here. Heads have dropped.

All City

17:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

47:00 - City bossing the ball here. Absolutely no let-up for Chelsea.

Back underway!

17:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

Zakaria and Fofana ON for Kovacic and Havertz.

Chelsea fans pay touching tribute to Gianluca Vialli ahead of FA Cup tie at Man City

17:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea fans paid a touching tribute to the late Gianluca Vialli before their FA Cup tie against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Vialli passed away this week at the age of 58 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer and Chelsea paid their respects to the Blues legend in their first match since his death.

Chelsea supporters sung the name of the Italian during a minute’s applause before the game at the Etihad Stadium.

Players also wore black armbands and the Chelsea squad wore special t-shirts in the warm up with Vialli’s No9 on the back.

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Foden’s brilliant third

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HT: Man City 3-0 Chelsea

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Chelsea get 15 minutes to compose themselves.

Almost 4-0 to City!

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44:00 - So easy.

Mahrez and Palmer isolate Chelsea’s full-backs, turning them inside and out before the latter tries to find Alvarez, who just misses contact.

No shots from Chelsea yet

17:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

42:00 - Ouch.

Nizaar Kinsella at Etihad Stadium

17:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

Quite a few Chelsea fans are leaving the stadium after Phil Foden made it 3-0. They’ve seen enough.

GOAL! Man City 3-0 Chelsea | Phil Foden ‘37

17:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

37:00 A real nightmare for Chelsea now.

Phil Foden turns in Walker’s pull-back from close range.

Another Mahrez free-kick

17:09 , Jonathan Gorrie

36:00 - Closer to goal this time, but Kepa saves well.

Nizaar Kinsella at the Etihad Stadium

17:07 , Jonathan Gorrie

It is a worry now about how bad could this get for Chelsea. The body language has dropped since Kai Havertz gave away a penalty in freak circumstances.

Hard to see a way back for Chelsea now

17:07 , Jonathan Gorrie

33:00 - 2-0 doesn’t really tell the whole story but so hard to see how Chelsea recover.

Goals are already a problem and City have not lost an FA Cup game in which they’ve taken the lead in their last 16 outings. Guardiola, meanwhile, has never been knocked out at the first hurdle as a manager.,

GOAL! Man City 2-0 Chelsea | Julian Alvarez ‘29

17:02 , Jonathan Gorrie

29:00 - Despite some antics from Kepa, World Cup winner Julian Alvarez slots home from 12 yards.

PENALTY TO MAN CITY!

17:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

28:00 - Havertz handles in the box!

Unlucky Chelsea

16:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

25:00 - The visitors are certainly still in the game but have fallen victim to a brilliant bit of individual quality.

All about how they respond now.

GOAL! Man City 1-0 Chelsea | Riyad Mahrez ‘23

16:55 , Jonathan Gorrie

22:00 - An absolute ROCKET of a free-kick from Mahrez after foul from Hall.

About 25 yards out, the City star curls it past Kepa.

Almost another Chelsea break

16:53 , Jonathan Gorrie

20:00 - Another long ball almost pays off so well for Chelsea, with Ziyech latching on and almost in.

Gomez looked to have brought him down as the last man but nothing given.

CHANCE FOR MAN CITY

16:51 , Jonathan Gorrie

19:00 - A HUGE let off for Chelsea.

Cole Palmer runs inside of Chalobah and a reluctant Kepa is lucky to get a touch on his shot from close range.

Chelsea looking really dangerous on the counter

16:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

15:00 - While City are growing into the game, Chelsea looking very dangerous on the counter. Mount’s touch heavy after another good through ball.

CHANCE FOR CITY

16:45 , Jonathan Gorrie

12:00 - Gomez gets behind Chalobah and crosses, much like Mahrez a few minutes ago, and the ball bobbles around the box before Phil Foden attempts something of an overhead kick, which goes just wide.

Nizaar Kinsella at Etihad Stadium

16:44 , Jonathan Gorrie

Bashir Humphreys and Lewis Hall have both delivered good moments in the early stages of the match. Chelsea are competitive despite their academy players stepping in.

Best chance for City

16:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

09:00 - Mahrez gets behind Hall before crossing from the byline, though Kepa collects with relative ease.

A warning sign for the Chelsea youngster.

Risky from Havertz

16:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

07:00 - Nasty looking challenge from the forward on Rodri, who was covering from a short ball from Ortega out from the back. Gets away with just a talking to.

Impressive play from Chelsea

16:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

05:00 - Very composed when City press and Ziyech almost finds Havertz with a through ball on the counter, though the German is unlucky his touch can’t quite evade Akanji.

Confident play from Chelsea

16:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

02:00 - Some tidy work on the ball as City press, with Havertz unlucky to lose the ball after good hold-up play.

Looks like a 4-3-3 for Chelsea

16:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chalobah appears to be at right-back, while Humphreys in the middle.

KICK-OFF

16:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Away we go at the Etihad!

A minute’s applause for Gianluca Vialli

16:31 , Jonathan Gorrie

An emotional tribute to a Chelsea legend.

Nizaar Kinsella at the Etihad Stadium

16:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is out with a minor injury which is why he is not in the match day squad.

Closing in on kick-off

16:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

The players are out of the tunnel, here we go.

Chelsea and Manchester City learn potential FA Cup fate

16:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

The winner at the Etihad Stadium today will play either Oxford or Arsenal in the fourth-round!

Follow the FA Cup draw LIVE!

The FA Cup draw begins!

16:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

Numbers will be out of the hat imminently.

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Graham Potter explains team selection

16:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Chelsea boss has explained his decision to pick a youthful side away at the home of the champions.

“Obviously from the last match we’ve lost Raheem [Sterling] and Christian [Pulisic] and because of Thiago Silva, Azpi and Denis Zakaria being at the World Cup and where they’re at in their careers, the game came too soon for them to start.

“They’ll help us out in the back-end of the game so it’s just a balancing act at the moment but we feel we’ve got a team that can compete and get through to the next round.”Lewis has played here before.

“He played in the Carabao Cup and did really well. He’s been training with us for a while, same as Bash. The opportunity came up for them to play and they won’t let us down. I’m pretty sure of that. I’m excited to see them play.”

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Nizaar Kinsella at the Etihad Stadium

15:56 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s a good bit of news that Mason Mount’s knock was nothing serious and he misses just the one game. He would probably have put himself forward even if not fully fit after doing so in the past for Chelsea.

A first look at David Datro Fofana

15:53 , Jonathan Gorrie

After joining Chelsea earlier this week, the young striker is on the bench against Manchester City.

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When is FA Cup draw? Start time, TV channel, live stream, ball numbers for fourth round today

15:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

The FA Cup draw takes place today with plenty of the usual suspects involved in the fourth round but also no shortage of upsets.

Newcastle will not be among the teams in the hat this afternoon after being knocked out by third-tier Sheffield Wednesday despite their lofty Premier League status.

Non-league Wrexham also made it through after winning a seven-goal thriller against Championship side Coventry, much to the delight of Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW THE FA CUP DRAW LIVE!

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Nizaar Kinsella at the Etihad Stadium

15:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

A clear sign that Graham Potter is prioritising the Premier League as he gives a debut to Chelsea Under-21s central defender Bashir Humphreys. Lewis Hall, 18, also starts with Thiago Silva, Marc Cucurella and Cesar Azpilicueta rested.

Chelsea could give debuts to new signings Benoit Badiashile and David Datro Fofana who make the squad for the first time.

Pep Guardiola explains surprise half-time changes against Chelsea as Manchester City boss hails Rico Lewis

15:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

Pep Guardiola admitted his Manchester City side were a long way off their usual standards in the opening 45 minutes against Chelsea before responding after the break.

City closed to within five points of Arsenal at the top of the table as Riyad Mahrez came off the bench to score the only goal of the match in a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, with Guardiola’s side taking advantage of the Gunners’ goalless draw with Newcastle.

It didn’t always look to be on the cards, with City struggling for much of the first-half and Chelsea the better side despite losing Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic to injury in the opening minutes.

Read the full story here!

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David Datro Fofana sends message to Chelsea fans after finalising ‘dream’ move

15:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

On the bench today, Fofana has already sent a message to Chelsea supporters after completing his move from Molde.

“Hello dear fans, I’m here, I’ve arrived well and I’m very happy to sign for the club of my dreams,” the striker told the club’s official website.

“I’ll see you soon on the pitch, cheers!”

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Julian Alvarez leads the line for Mancheser City

15:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

The World Cup winner replaces Erling Haaland up front, which in itself is a message about just how deep Manchester City’s squad is.

There are also starts for Cole Palmer and Phil Foden in a strong looking line-up.

New signings included for Chelsea

15:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

Benoit Badiashile and David Datro Fofana both make the bench for Chelsea today, after signing for the club earlier this week.

Graham Potter names a young side, including Lewis Hall and Bashir Humphreys at wing-back.

Confirmed Chelsea lineup

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Confirmed Man City lineup

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Chelsea confirm surgery for Edouard Mendy after training ground injury as crisis continues

15:27 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea have confirmed Edouard Mendy has undergone surgery after suffering an injury in training.

The goalkeeper has not played for the Blues since the World Cup, and has faced a battle to get in the side since Graham Potter arrived. Kepa Arrizabalaga has largely being trusted by the Chelsea boss.

Mendy was not fit to be involved against Manchester City in midweek, a game in which Kepa faced questions for his role in Riyad Mahrez’s winner. Ahead of that match, Potter was relatively upbeat in his assessment of Mendy’s injury status.

Read the full story here!

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Gianluca Vialli, the inspirational Italian who will forever have a place in Chelsea history

15:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

Gianluca Vialli grew up in a castle in northern Italy but made London his home.

The son of a millionaire, Vialli had all the trappings of a regal upbringing at Castello di Belgioioso in Cremona. But after winning the Champions League with Juventus in 1996, the prodigious striker moved to Chelsea and became a prince among men at Stamford Bridge.

Vialli spent four years at Chelsea as a player and then their manager, leading the Blues to glory in the 1998 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Aged 33 years and 308 days, player-manager Vialli picked himself for the final as Chelsea edged past Stuttgart 1-0 in Stockholm.

Gianfranco Zola’s finish sealed Chelsea’s first European crown since 1971, forever placing Vialli on the plinth of European trophy-winning Blues managers. Vialli then settled in London and Chelsea fans will never tire of his Stamford Bridge contribution, especially as the 1998 League Cup triumph secured a fine double.

He would later meet his protracted cancer battle with the same assured grace and grit that coloured his life in football. As a player, Vialli swept the board at Cremonese, Sampdoria and Juventus, claiming two Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias, the Champions League crown, UEFA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Nick Purewal’s full tribute to Chelsea legend Gialuca Vialli, who passed away at the age of 58 earlier this week.

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Gvardiol leaves door open to Chelsea transfer despite Liverpool admission

15:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

Josko Gvardiol has opened up on Chelsea’s pursuit of his signature, seemingly offering renewed hope that a deal could yet come to fruition.

The RB Leipzig centre-back has established a reputation as one of European football’s most sought-after defenders following an excellent World Cup with Croatia, who reached the semi-finals before sealing the bronze medal in Qatar with the help of a goal from the masked Gvardiol in the third-place play-off win over Morocco.

Such consistently strong performances - Lionel Messi nightmare against Argentina in the last four aside - only served to further greatly embellish the fast-rising reputation of the accomplished 20-year-old, who had long been on the radar of the continent’s leading clubs.

Read the full story here!

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Latest odds

15:02 , Jonathan Gorrie

Betfair - Man City vs Chelsea

Man City - 3/10

Draw - 9/2

Chelsea - 15/2

Betfair - To win the FA Cup

Man City - 11/4

Man Utd - 5/1

Arsenal - 13/2

Liverpool - 7/1

Tottenham - 7/1

Brighton - 12/1

Aston Villa - 18/1

Chelsea - 22/1

Leicester - 25/1

Head to head history and results

14:56 , Giuseppe Muro

City have won four meetings with Chelsea in a row without conceding a single goal.

Man City wins: 63

Draws: 39

Chelsea wins: 71

14:45 , Giuseppe Muro

John Stones was outstanding for Manchester City in Thursday’s win at Stamford Bridge and Pep Guardiola says he is pleased with the form of the England defender.

Stones has started the last six matches in the Premier League and Guardiola said: “He was maybe my first or second signing when I arrived seven years ago,” he said.

“I know him quite well. I know when he is stable at home, here, happy. What a player. He has had some ups and downs in the past, he has had some injuries but I would say this is part of the process to realise what he needs. He is still young [28].”

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Match odds

14:39 , Giuseppe Muro

Man City to qualify: 1/4

Draw in 90 mins: 4/1

Chelsea to qualify: 14/5

Odds via Betfair (subject to change).

Defiant Potter does not fear Chelsea sack

14:34 , Giuseppe Muro

A defiant Graham Potter has said he does not fear sack at Chelsea despite their poor form.

A run of one win in eight Premier League games has left the Blues 10th in the table ahead of today’s third round tie at the Etihad Stadium.

But Potter is confident he retains the support of controlling Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.

“I don’t think I’d have left my previous job if I didn’t think there was a chance that the owners would give their support,” said Potter. “It’s not like I was jumping at the first opportunity to leave Brighton. I had other opportunities to leave, but this one felt like the right one because of the owners, because of the support that they would give, and that has proved to be the case. They have been fantastic.

“I think they’re absolutely in line with where we’re at, in line with what we want to do. I’m more confident now that we can achieve things than I was when I started the job because I understand the club, the players and understand what’s needed. But, obviously, with the past of Chelsea, with the changes in management, you can see why questions are asked.

“But I’ve been here for four months. If people are going to judge me on those terms and in that time period, when you consider how many games we’ve had and the challenges we’ve had, that’s fine.

“I can give you a counter argument in terms of my career and in terms of what I’ve achieved and the people in the game who would consider my quality. All I know is that I have the total support of the guys above and the players and the staff.”

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Prediction

14:25 , Giuseppe Muro

Chelsea struggled to lay much of a glove on City at the Bridge and lack the squad depth to improve much in the cup.

A 2-0 City win.

Chelsea team news: Blues dealing with injury crisis

14:18 , Giuseppe Muro

Chelsea are battling a multitude of injuries as they prepare to face Manchester City again.

Christian Pulisic and Raheem Sterling were both forced off early in the 1-0 Premier League loss to City on Thursday, while Mason Mount was ruled out ahead of the game after picking up a knock in training.

N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Armando Broja and Ben Chilwell are also missing in a bleak situation on the fitness front for the club, while goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has now undergone surgery on a fractured finger.

As a result, there are not many options for Graham Potter to change things massively heading into today’s third-round showdown at the Etihad Stadium.

It would not be a surprise to see the Chelsea boss call on his younger players in at least some capacity, such is the level of talent unavailable in his squad at present and impressive performances off the bench on Thursday from the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka, Lewis Hall and Omari Hutchinson.

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Man City team news: Phillips could feature

14:14 , Giuseppe Muro

City are likely to be without Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte after both sat out Thursday’s game against Chelsea with hamstring and back injuries respectively.

Julian Alvarez could start after returning to the squad following his extended break celebrating Argentina’s World Cup success.

Pep Guardiola has said Kalvin Phillips has “improved his level” and may play.

Guardiola criticised Phillips for being overweight on his return from England World Cup duty in December but, ahead of this game, said: "I had the feeling last week that he's back," said Guardiola.

"It will maybe be a good lesson for him for the future. I have the feeling that a football player has to be, for 12 months, perfect. Even in holidays you have to be perfect.

"You can enjoy, you can do whatever you want, but you have to be ready because this level is so demanding. You have to play every three days, you have to be fit, and when you're not fit, nothing.

"In the last week, or days, he improved his level. In the Carabao Cup (quarter-final against Southampton on Wednesday) he is going to play and Sunday we will see.”

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How to watch

14:08 , Giuseppe Muro

TV channel: In the UK, today’s match will be televised live for free on BBC One, with coverage starting at 4pm and the fourth-round draw taking place ahead of kick-off at around 4:05pm.

Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.

Welcome!

13:49 , George Flood

Good afternoon and welcome to the second instalment of the quick-fire double-header between Manchester City and Chelsea.

Less than 72 hours after Riyad Mahrez secured a hard-fought 1-0 Premier League win at Stamford Bridge, two heavyweights of English football collide once again in the headline clash of the FA Cup third round.

Chelsea are in desperate need of a boost this afternoon with mounting pressure on Graham Potter and an injury crisis that has seen their list of absentees stretch into double figures.

Kick-off today is at 4.30pm GMT, so stay tuned for all the latest build-up, team news and game updates. The draw for the fourth round is also set to take place ahead of the match.

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