Chelsea will hope to progress into the finals of the FA Cup for the second consecutive time as they face Manchester City on Saturday.
Chelsea shift their attention to the FA Cup, where they face Manchester City in an all-important semi-final clash on Saturday. The Blues progressed into the semifinals of the Champions League after they defeated FC Porto over the course of two legs.
Edouard Mendy is expected to start between the sticks for Chelsea. The Senegal international has done a fine job this season and will look forward to stopping Pep Guardiola’s lethal attacking side from scoring.
Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and César Azpilicueta all started against Porto in the midweek, and are expected to hold their places in the starting lineup. The trio put in a good shift at the back, although their clean sheet was snatched late in the match. Marcos Alonso is expected to be drafted into the team, ahead of Ben Chilwell.
The Englishman has started three consecutive games for the Blues and he might be rested for Saturday’s fixture. Alonso has done a decent job, operating from the left-wing back position and will get another opportunity to impress his manager. Reece James will again start at the right-wing back position.
In the absence of Mateo Kovacic due to injury, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will continue to operate from the midfield. The duo put in a strong performance against the Portuguese side in the European Cup. Mason Mount has been Chelsea’s standout player this season and he will certainly start on Saturday. The 22-year old will start as the left-attacking midfielder and will hope to add to his impressive goal-tally this season.
Although Mount has started in the previous three games, it is unlikely that he will be rested in such a crucial game. Hakim Ziyech has fallen out of favour in the past few games and can be expected to start in the FA Cup clash. The former Ajax midfielder will operate besides Mason Mount as the right-attacking midfielder.
The striker’s position is up for grabs, with up to four players competing for just one spot. However, Timo Werner will get the nod over the likes of Kai Havertz, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud to start on Saturday. The German striker has had a poor season in front of goal, and will hope to deliver a strong performance against Pep Guardiola‘s side.