5 Keys to Chelsea Beating Manchester City in the FA Cup Semifinal

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5 Keys to Chelsea Beating Manchester City in the FA Cup Semifinal
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FA Cup holders Chelsea will face Premier League Champions Manchester City at Wembley on April 14 in the FA Cup semifinal. City will have had a week to rest and train for this tie, whereas Chelsea will spend Friday travelling back from their Europa League tie in Moscow. As the fixtures come thick and fast, it is vital that Rafa Benitez organises the squad to strike the right balance.

Having made some poor substitutions in the previous meeting between the sides, Benitez will need to get it right first time if he wants to add another trophy to his CV. Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by City in his first game in charge, and he will need to inspire more from his players this time around.

If the Blues are to retain their title, they will need to work efficiently by nullifying City's best attackers whilst deploying their own favoured 11. The following five basic rules will be key to Rafa Benitez winning the cup which has held so much significance for Chelsea fans through the years.

Statistics are taken from whoscored.com

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