Chelsea travel to the Etihad on Saturday to face Manchester City for the second time in 15 days. This time they will not have the chance to go to the top of the Premier League, instead they will be looking to secure their progress to the next round of the FA Cup.
Manchester City's desire to avenge the defeat that ended their unbeaten run at home in the Premier League, combined with Chelsea's historic passion for the FA Cup, ensures that this will be a mouthwatering tie.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the best cup meetings between the two blue teams.
*Historic results and reports provided by 11v11.com.
Chelsea’s hopes of defending their FA Cup crown were dashed at Wembley when a well-organised City side picked apart the disjointed Blues. Samir Nasri opened the scoring in the first half before Sergio Aguero doubled the Citizens’ lead shortly after the break.
Rafa Benitez brought Fernando Torres on with 25 minutes to go and the tactical switch left Demba Ba unmarked to score. City were on the back foot from then, but Benitez’s Chelsea side were unable to complete the comeback.
Before football’s bosses let in the big-money sponsors, mostly beer brands and banks, the League Cup was sponsored by the Milk Marketing Board. Manchester City travelled to Stamford Bridge in the fourth round of the competition, where Kerry Dixon scored three goals to send the Blues through.
Chelsea reached the semifinal of the competition before being beaten 5-2 on aggregate by Sunderland.
FA Cup winners Chelsea faced Premier League Champions Manchester City in the Community Shield at Villa Park.
Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead going into halftime, but second-half strikes from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri meant that Ryan Bertrand’s 80th-minute goal was little more than a consolation for Roberto Di Matteo’s men.
Chelsea qualified for their first European Cup tournament by winning the 1970 FA Cup. The Blues should have taken part in the inaugural Champions Cup in 1955 after their first league title, but were persuaded to withdraw by the FA.
They were to face English opposition in the semifinal in the form of Manchester City, and they emerged victorious with 1-0 wins home and away courtesy of Derek Smethurst and an own goal from City ‘keeper Ron Healy.
Chelsea went on to face Real Madrid in the final and won the replay 2-1 after a 1-1 draw.
The Full Members’ Cup was a transitory competition created for clubs in the top two tiers of English football in the wake of the 1985 ban on English sides competing in Europe. Chelsea and Manchester City contested the inaugural final at Wembley, and the London side had the game sewn up at 5-1.
Or so they thought.
A valiant fightback from City ensued as they scored three times in the final five minutes of the match. However, they were unable to complete their comeback and Chelsea became the first club to claim the trophy.
Back in 1993, neither Manchester City nor Chelsea were the financial powerhouses of football that they are today. Both clubs endured turbulent times in the 1980s and were finding their feet in the newly founded Premier League. They met in the third round of the League Cup in October 1993 at Maine Road, where the home side emerged victorious courtesy of a goal from David White.