Chelsea vs. Manchester City: Key Battles to Watch in FA Cup Semi-Final

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Chelsea vs. Manchester City: Key Battles to Watch in FA Cup Semi-Final
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Sunday afternoon sees an absolutely fascinating FA Cup semi-final match-up at Wembley Stadium between last year's European champions Chelsea and Premier League title-winners Manchester City.

Both heavyweights will be viewing this competition as the ideal opportunity with which to end on a high what have been, by their respective standards, disappointing campaigns.

And what is more, the FA Cup holds a special place in both Chelsea and City’s hearts, with the West Londoners being the current holders, while manager Roberto Mancini’s first trophy at Eastlands came a year before that when his side beat Stoke City 1-0 at Wembley.

This is likely to be a closely fought contest, with little but fine margins separating the two teams come the full-time whistle, and so we at the Bleacher Report are here to examine the five most important battles that will ultimately end up deciding which side returns to Wembley for the final next month.

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