Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday courtesy of a Hakim Ziyech goal in the second half. While not a pretty win, Chelsea were solid and always looked likelier to score in what was tightly-contested affair. As such, they ended City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple. In the process, they also kept alive their own hopes of an FA Cup and Champions League double. For their part, City will be disappointed to have lost out on another chance at silverware. There’s also an injury concern to Kevin de Bruyne ahead of their Carabao Cup final vs Tottenham Hotspur. But none of that will matter to Chelsea, whose season turnaround under Tuchel has been remarkable.
Here are the major statistical highlights from Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City
- This was Thomas Tuchel’s first managerial win over Pep Guardiola. Tuchel had lost their last five encounters; two when he was at Mainz and three at Borussia Dortmund.
- Tuchel also became the first ever German manager to reach the FA Cup final.
- Chelsea have now reached the FA Cup final for the fourth time in fifth seasons. It is also their 15th appearance in the final. Only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) have more.
- City have now been knocked out of the semis of this competition in three of their five seasons under Guardiola. Interestingly, the team that knocked them out in 2017 and 2020 – Arsenal both times – went on to lift the trophy.
- Hakim Ziyech has scored five goals for Chelsea thus far. Four have come in cup competitions whereas three have been assisted by Timo Werner.
- Speaking of Werner, the German forward has been directly involved in 19 goals this season across all competitions – 10 goals, 9 assists.
- The loss was the first for stand-in goalkeeper Zack Steffen. His previous 10 outings between the sticks have seen City emerge victorious.
- This was Chelsea’s 14th clean-sheet in 29 games under Tuchel. Since the German was appointed in January, no side in Europe’s top five leagues has kept more clean-sheets.