This weekend the FA Cup quarter-finals have drawn to a close. For four teams it was the end of the road, whilst for the survivors, the semi-final’s and Wembley Stadium are calling. Manchester City, Chelsea, Southampton and Leicester remain, but who will be facing who? Find out below.
Leicester vs Southampton:
For both teams in this draw, a trip to Wembley is like that out of a fairytale.
For Southampton, this cup run is a testament to the progress under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Saints have got this far without conceding a single goal so far in the competition.
Despite, their shaky league form Southampton find themselves in a FA Cup semi-final for the second time in three seasons. They failed to reach the final before but, could this year be different?
On the opposing hand to Southampton, Leicester’s wait for a return to an FA Cup semi-final has been a long one. After nearly four-decades, Leicester make their return and in some form too.
Despite the Premier League table showing Leicester below Manchester United, The Foxes easily beat the Manchester club in what was the performance of the weekend.
With Leicester free-scoring in the competition and, Southampton not conceding, something will have to give when the two sides meet.
Chelsea vs Manchester City:
In what could well be described as the money-tie, it is the battle of The Blues as Chelsea meet Manchester City.
Both sides left it till late to secure their place in the semi’s, however, they were both in complete control in their games.
For City a win against Chelsea matters that little bit more, not only do The Citizens need the win to keep domestic trebles hopes alive, a quadruple could well still happen. It really doesn’t seem to matter what competition City play in, be it FA Cup, Champions League etc, they look set to win it all.
However, we can’t count Chelsea out yet, fourth placed in the Premier League, and yet to lose a game under new manager Thomas Tuchel (14 played).
Alongside this, Chelsea have had recent experience in huge cup games having beaten La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid twice in the Champions League.
This is a final level match, a round early. City may be setting the bar for footballing quality across England, however, Chelsea are showing they can reach it.