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3 talking points as Chelsea end Manchester City’s quadruple dreams

Chelsea progressed into the FA Cup finals for a second consecutive season as they defeated Manchester City by a narrow margin.

Chelsea have continued their impressive form under Thomas Tuchel as they reached the finals of the FA Cup, defeating Manchester City by a score-line of 1-0. The Blues are now just one step away from claiming the FA Cup title and will face either Leicester City or Southampton in the final.

As for Manchester City, their quadruple dreams were ended by an Hakim Ziyech goal in the second half. Pep Guardiola must make sure that his side recovers from this defeat as they have a Premier League fixture in the midweek, and an all-important Carabao Cup final clash against Tottenham Hotspur, next week.

Ziyech was handed a start against the Sky Blues and lived up to his promise. The Moroccan broke the deadlock in the 55th minute after he was set up perfectly by Timo Werner. Zack Steffen can be blamed for the goal, as he was caught in no man’s land, which gave Ziyech an opportunity to put the ball into an empty net.

What are three talking points from Chelsea’s win over Manchester City?

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A STRONG DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE FROM CHELSEA

Out of several positives to take from Chelsea’s recent surge in form, their defence is certainly on the top of that list. The Blues have managed to be exceptional at the back, which has helped them progress into the semifinals of the Champions League. The London side had kept two consecutive clean-sheets against Atletico Madrid, and conceded just one goal against Porto, over the course of two legs.

Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger were up to the task once again, as they put in a solid shift at the back. They managed to keep the City attackers at bay, and registered yet another clean sheet. Ben Chilwell and Reece James also deserve equal credit for their incredible performances, as they worked tirelessly at the wing-back positions.