Manchester City will face Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Saturday, in order to keep their quadruple dreams alive.
Manchester City will be riding on high confidence after they progressed to the semi-final of the Champions League for the first time in five seasons. The Sky Blues overcame Borussia Dortmund over the course of two legs to book a last four berth.
Pep Guardiola will now shift his attention to the FA Cup clash against Chelsea on Saturday. The Sky Blues have already managed to reach the final of the Carabao Cup, and will hope to keep their quadruple dreams alive by defeating Thomas Tuchel’s men. Pep Guardiola is expected to ring in a few changes from the side that defeated Dortmund in the midweek. However, he will avoid any sort of complacency and field a strong starting lineup.
Zack Steffen will start between the sticks for the Sky Blues. The American is the designated goalkeeper for the FA Cup, and has done a fine job so far. Aymeric Laporte will come back into the starting lineup, and replace John Stones who drops to the bench. The Frenchman will partner Ruben Dias at the centre-back position. Joao Cancelo will replace Kyle Walker at the right-back position, whereas, Benjamim Mendy will get the nod over Oleksandr Zinchenko to start as the left-back.
Fernandinho was on the bench for the clash against the Black and Yellow, but he is expected to feature on Saturday. The Brazilian will replace Rodri and operate as the defensive midfielder. Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne have been the standout players for City this season, and the duo will certainly start against Chelsea. Both midfielders have been regular names on the scoresheet and are an indispensable part of City’s squad.
Raheem Sterling has fallen down in the pecking order at City, with Phil Foden being a regular starter off-late. Sterling has just started two of the previous five games, but is expected to be handed a start against the Blues. Riyad Mahrez will hold his place in the starting lineup and will operate from the right-wing position. The Algerian opened the scoring for his side in the midweek, by dispatching a neat penalty.