Chelsea faces Manchester City in an English FA Cup semifinal match at Stamford Bridge in London, England, on Saturday, April 17, 2021 (4/17/21).
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Here’s what you need to know:
What: English FA Cup, semifinal
Who: Chelsea vs. Manchester City
When: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Stamford Bridge
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Quadruple-chasing Manchester City will play Chelsea, and Leicester will take on Southampton, in the semifinals of the FA Cup.
Pep Guardiola’s City leads the Premier League by 14 points, plays Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and will contest the League Cup final against Tottenham on April 25.
City will now also be at Wembley on the previous weekend to face Chelsea, which is enjoying a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions since Thomas Tuchel replaced the fired Frank Lampard in January.
City dethroned Chelsea as FA Cup winners in 2019.
Leicester has lost four finals but has never lifted the cup, which Southampton did in 1976.
While its neighbor is chasing a quadruple, Manchester United now has only one route to ending a four-year trophy drought.
Losing 3-1 at Leicester in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday realistically leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with only the Europa League to produce his first trophy as United manager. United faces Granada in the quarterfinals of the Europa League.
“We didn’t have the spark tonight and it’s understandable,” Solskjaer said. “They’ve been unbelievable, the last three or four months, playing every three or four days, and it’s just caught up with us — all the games, all the traveling. Thursday night in Milan took a lot out of us, today we didn’t have that extra zip. We just didn’t have enough against a good team.”
But with United second in the Premier League, albeit 14 points behind Manchester City, securing Champions League qualification could be the most significant achievement.
It will be lucrative, too, and for Leicester, which is only a point behind United in third.
But while Brendan Rodgers knows the value of steering Leicester back into the Champions League for the first time since Claudio Ranieri’s side won the Premier League in 2016, the status of a trip to a first FA Cup semifinal since 1982 is also notable.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s double and Youri Tielemans’ strike eliminated United, which had leveled through Mason Greenwood. Leicester has the easier route to the final after being drawn to play Southampton.
The other semifinal will pit Man City against Chelsea, which beat Sheffield United 2-0 in Sunday’s other quarterfinal.
“There are lots of teams ahead of us in terms of budget or whatever else, maybe history,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said. “But the ambition is there to win titles and be competitive.”
The FA Cup semifinals next month take place a week before the League Cup final between City and Tottenham. That is Jose Mourinho’s only way of delivering Tottenham’s first trophy since 2008 after the north London club’s elimination from the Europa League on Thursday.
But Tottenham helped its chances of qualifying for the Champions League by beating Aston Villa 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday to move within three points of fourth-place Chelsea.
Tottenham received some assistance from neighbor Arsenal recovering from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with West Ham, which missed a chance to move level on points with Chelsea after conceding Alexandre Lacazette’s equalizer.