Date: 16th April 2021 at 5:37pm
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Is there ever a good time to play Manchester City?

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel seems to think so. He told their official site ahead of the FA Cup semi final at Wembley tomorrow:

“It’s a good moment now to play City and Pep. They are for me, along with Bayern Munich, the benchmark in Europe. If we manage to beat them it will be a huge boost. If not, we’ll have to accept it and take it as a challenge and an opportunity to grow, because we have some fights coming up. It’s not only about the FA Cup here, it’s about the top-four race, it’s about the Champions League too.”

I am not sure that makes it clear why it is a good time to play them? They seem to be invincible, despite a torrid start to the 2020/2021 campaign. The German obviously acknowledges they are, along with Bayern, ‘the benchmark’ so beating them would be a boost, but, well… ‘If not…’ it looks like the excuses are in before they have even kicked a ball, or is it fair what he is saying, win and they are in the final, lose and they will grow from it?

Manchester City are looking to win their 6th FA Cup, whereas Chelsea have a clear edge history wise, with 9 wins.

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Chelsea have bounced back from the shock 5-2 loss to relegation candidates West Bromwich Albion, with wins v Porto (on aggregate) as well as a domestic win against London rivals Crystal Palace. And despite that one shock loss, it does look like the spirit at Chelsea is returning, the boss says they have to fight for their places and make themselves irreplaceable when they do make it in the team.

“This is life as a player at Chelsea and it is big fun, you have to embrace situations like this, even if sometimes it’s a bit hard for some of the players. But we try to push them and convince them and influence them in this positive way. We have a tight schedule and we cannot drop one per cent.”

All eyes on a lively semi final tomorrow, I still can’t see how it is a good time to play Manchester City, but then, I’m not a well respected manager at a top club, so maybe I am missing something. The result tomorrow will answer the question I am sure.

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