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FA Cup Semi Final Draw Confirmed: City Favourites

FA Cup Semi Final Draw Confirmed: City Favourites Photo: TT
Arsenal's Dani Ceballos celebrates scoring their second goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease

Reigning winners Manchester City will play Arsenal and Manchester United and Chelsea will meet in the FA Cup semi-finals after Sunday’s quarter-finals completed the final four.

Manchester City knocked off Newcastle 2-0 to book their place, while Arsenal scored late through Dani Ceballos to secure a 2-1 win at Sheffield United.

Chelsea also qualified for the final four with an away win, 1-0 at Leicester City with United already through from Saturday’s 2-1 extra-time triumph over Norwich.

City are the favourites to lift the FA Cup, which has been won by these four clubs over the past four years, with the Blues and Red Devils next, while the Gunners are the outsiders.

Liverpool clinched the Premier League title in midweek after City’s loss to Chelsea and Sky Blues boss Josep Guardiola insisted his side were hungry for silverware.

“Always, the hunger is there,” Guardiola said. “The numbers speak for themselves over the past seasons. We are delighted after the defeat to Chelsea to be going back to London for the semi-final.

“We play to win. We spoke after what happened in Premier League - we need two more victories to qualify for Champions League.

“But we have two competitions we can win. We made the first step today. It will be good to arrive against Real Madrid in the best condition. To win this title would be the best way to prepare for Madrid.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said his side’s progress was good for the players’ morale amid their struggles in the league.

“I think every win gives you a bit of credit and a margin as well and gives them some encouragement,” Arteta said.

“At the end of the day the results dictate the spirit and the happiness of the team but it is much better than it was when we lost against Brighton so hopefully we can have some momentum.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said the Blues always expected to win silverware and they were thrilled to be a step closer to a shot at winning the FA Cup.

“I’m very happy with the result and opportunity,” Lampard said. “We need to focus on the league in the meantime, when it comes around, it’s Chelsea, we always want to win trophies.”

Ben somerford
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