Hakim Ziyech second-half gola saw Chelsea bushed Manchester City 1-0 connected Saturday to publication a spot successful adjacent month's FA Cup final. The triumph has extended the team's singular turnaround which started since manager Thomas Tuchel took implicit arsenic Blues manager successful January.
In a contrasting scenriao, City manager Pep Guardiola - who made 8 changes to the broadside which bushed Borussia Dortmund successful the Champions League successful midweek - saw his quadruple imagination get crushed by Chelsea.
Eight-times FA Cup winners Chelsea look Leicester City oregon Southampton, who play their semi-final connected Sunday, successful the showpiece lucifer connected May 15. It volition beryllium the Stamford Bridge side's 4th apperaance successful the last successful the past 5 seasons.
Ziyech scored successful the 55th infinitesimal erstwhile helium tapped into an bare nett from a transverse by Timo Werner with City goalkeeper Zack Steffen successful nary man's onshore aft racing disconnected his enactment to adjacent Werner down but past seeming to alteration his mind.
"You ever person to person the feeling earlier the crippled that you privation to score," the Morocco winger - who has struggled to find his signifier aft arriving astatine Stamford Bridge from Ajax Amsterdam past twelvemonth - told the BBC.
"It was a bully transportation and I enactment it successful easy," helium said.
City's Steffen made immoderate amends a fewer minutes aboriginal erstwhile his outstretched limb thwarted Ziyech erstwhile the guardant looked definite to people a 2nd extremity aft mediocre defending by City.
The triumph astatine an bare Wembley Stadium, with fans nota llowed to be owed to COVID-19 restrictions, leaves Tuchel successful the hunt for 2 trophies with the Blues besides successful the Champions League semi-finals wherever they look Real Madrid.
The German, who replaced Frank Lampard aft a slump successful signifier by the Londoners, outsmarted Guardiola with his game-plan, focusing connected catching City with accelerated counter-attacks down the wings, 1 of which provided the breakthrough moment.
City's woes were compounded by the nonaccomplishment of midfielder Kevin de Bruyne aboriginal successful the 2nd fractional with an evident ankle wounded which Guardiola said "probably doesn't similar rather good".
Runaway Premier League leaders City could inactive triumph a treble of trophies this play arsenic they are backmost astatine Wembley for the League Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur adjacent Sunday and look Paris St Germain successful the Champions League semi-finals
(with input from Reuters)