United to face Chelsea in FA Cup semis, Arse­nal play­ing City

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Manch­ester United will face Chelsea and Arse­nal will play holder Manch­ester City in the semi­fi­nals of the FA Cup.

The draw fea­tures three of the Cup’s four most suc­cess­ful sides, with Arse­nal the record 13-time win­ner, BBC Sport re­ported.

United, which beat Nor­wich to reach the last four, has won it 12 times, while Chelsea, which edged past Le­ices­ter in the quar­ter­fi­nals, has eight wins.

Both ties will be played at Wem­b­ley on the week­end of July 18-19. The fi­nal is sched­uled for Satur­day, Au­gust 1 at the same venue.

The draw was made at half­time in the game be­tween City and New­cas­tle, which Pep Guardi­ola’s side won 2-0 thanks to a Kevin de Bruyne penalty and a classy Ra­heem Ster­ling fin­ish.

That game was tak­ing place af­ter Arse­nal knocked out Sh­effield United, with Dani Ce­bal­los scor­ing the win­ner in the 91st minute.

The semi­fi­nal be­tween United and Chelsea is a re­peat of the 2018 fi­nal, which was won by the Blues.

‘Ideal prepa­ra­tion’

City’s slim hopes of re­tain­ing its Pre­mier League crown have gone but it still has two tro­phies in its crosshairs, Guardi­ola said af­ter the win over New­cas­tle United.

As well as the Cup, City is also still in the hunt for the Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle and holds a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid from the away leg of their last 16 clash in Fe­bru­ary be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion was sus­pended due to COVID-19.

Europe’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion will be com­pleted with an eight-team mini-tour­na­ment held in Lis­bon in Au­gust.

“We have two com­pe­ti­tions we can win,” Guardi­ola told re­porters on Sun­day.

“It will be good to ar­rive against Real Madrid in the best con­di­tion. To win this ti­tle would be the best way to pre­pare for Madrid.”

Guardi­ola also said he was pleased with City’s re­sponse af­ter last week’s 2-1 de­feat at Chelsea handed Liver­pool the Pre­mier League ti­tle.

“We’re de­lighted af­ter the de­feat against Chelsea to be in London again at Wem­b­ley to play against Arse­nal in the semi­fi­nal to try to reach the fi­nal of the FA Cup,” he added.

“Al­ways it’s an in­cred­i­ble tro­phy and it gives us an ex­tra bonus.”


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