Chelsea treat se­cond-tier City with 5-0 drub­bing

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Chelsea ex­ploited Manch­ester City's de­ci­sion to field a weak­ened team by romp­ing to a 5-1 win in the FA Cup fifth round as they joined Lon­don ri­vals West Ham United and Crys­tal Palace in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Se­cond-half goals by Wil­lian, Gary Cahill, Eden Haz­ard and Ber­trand Traore, af­ter the teams went into the break level at 1-1, un­der­lined Chelsea's dom­i­nance over a side keep­ing their pow­der dry for Wed­nes­day's Cham­pi­ons League tie at Di­namo Kiev.

City, who play Liverpool in the League Cup fi­nal at Wem­b­ley next Sun­day, have now lost three matches in a row.

Chelsea face a stiffer task in the next round away to Ever­ton who they beat in the 2009 FA Cup fi­nal. Crys­tal Palace's re­ward for a 1-0 win at Premier League ti­tle-chasers Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur was a plumb home away tie with se­cond-tier Read­ing who shocked top flight vis­i­tors West Bromwich Al­bion 3-1 on Satur­day. West Ham United will next visit Manch­ester United or third-tier Shrews­bury Town af­ter crush­ing Cham­pi­onship side Black­burn Rovers 5-1 away - Dim­itri Payet and Em­manuel Emenike scor­ing two goals apiece as both teams fin­ished with 10 men. Mod­est Shrews­bury host Louis van Gaal's United on Mon­day.

If hold­ers Arse­nal beat Hull City in a re­play, af­ter be­ing held at home by the Cham­pi­onship lead­ers on Satur­day, they will wel­come fel­low Lon­don side Wat­ford.

Manch­ester City boss Manuel Pel­le­grini had threat­ened to sac­ri­fice the FA Cup by mak­ing mul­ti­ple changes, even say­ing in mid­week he would not buy a ticket if he was City fan. He was as good as his word with six teenagers start­ing against Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge.

Five play­ers - Manu Gar­cia, Aleix Gar­cia, Tosin Adara­biyo, Ber­sant Celina and David Fau­pala - made de­buts as the likes of Ser­gio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Ra­heem Ster­ling were rested. Fau­pala can­celled out Diego Costa's headed opener be­fore half­time but the vis­i­tors could not hold out af­ter the break.

Pel­le­grini had crit­i­cised the Cup sched­ule, which gave City less re­cov­ery time for their last 16 first-leg clash in Kiev. "We were forced to se­lect that team," he told the BBC. "We knew it was a dif­fi­cult chance to carry on in the FA Cup. We can­not do any­thing more."

Chelsea's in­terim man­ager Guus Hid­dink is eye­ing a re­peat of his feat in 2009 when they won the tro­phy by beat­ing Ever­ton in the Dutch­man's last game in charge in his first care­taker spell. With the much-ma­ligned Haz­ard re­turn­ing to form - cross­ing for Costa's opener, as­sist­ing in Wil­lian's ef­fort and curl­ing in a free kick - Chelsea could even af­ford a missed Os­car penalty.

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