Wembley awaits as Chelsea take on Manchester City in what should be a cracking FA Cup semifinal. The Blues have often called Wembley our second home, and Thomas Tuchel will be looking to back up his recent comments about winning titles by disposing of the champions-elect.
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
There are no changes in formation or in goalkeeper, as the 4-2-3-1 (7%) and Kepa Arrizabalaga (17%) remain second choices to the 3-4-3 and Édouard Mendy, respectively. Kepa had been preferred in the Cup competitions up to this point, but the importance of the game persuaded the WAGNH community to stick with Chelsea’s main man.
Andreas Christensen (8%) continues to be out with an injury so it was an easy decision to go with Thiago Silva, Antonio Rüdiger and César Azpilicueta at the back, with Kurt Zouma (35%) only making the bench. Both Ben Chilwell and Reece James keep their spots ahead of Marcos Alonso (23%) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (33%) on the wings.
The midfield has to make do without Mateo Kovačić, who joined Christensen in the treatment room this week. N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho did a good job against Porto though, with the latter arguably being Man of the Match, therefore it comes as little surprise that the community decided to go with them instead of Billy Gilmour (18%).
There are no changes to the front three either, who also started Chelsea’s last two games — consistency preferred over rotation! Timo Werner (40%), Hakim Ziyech (28%), Tammy Abraham (16%) and Olivier Giroud (16%) consequently all miss out, and one would think it’ll be tricky to get them back into the lineup anytime soon.
Mendy (81%) | Rüdiger (91%), Silva (77%), Azpilicueta (83%) | Chilwell (72%), Jorginho (82%), Kanté (89%), James (74%) | Pulisic (70%), Havertz (53%), Mount (85%)
MY PREFERRED CHOICE
Too much rotation would prove costly against an immensely strong City side, so I didn’t look to make many changes to the team which started against Porto.
For example, while I do rate Billy Gilmour very highly, it’s best to stick with the regulars here, especially given his lack of minutes recently. I did ponder whether to freshen up our attacking band, with Tammy Abraham surely a great option to for rotation here, but despite my better judgement, I also went with an unchanged front three for the sake of building up a little consistency in that department.
Mendy | Rüdiger, Silva, Azpilicueta | Chilwell, Kanté, Jorginho, James | Pulisic, Havertz, Mount