Chelsea and Manchester City, England’s last remaining Champions League representatives and most successful clubs of the past two decades, meet at Wembley for the honour of playing in the world’s favourite domestic cup final. The Londoners aim to become nine-time winners of the elegant silverware, which City have won six times.
Both teams go into the game after securing their places in the Champions League semi-finals in midweek, but now turn their attentions to Wembley, where victory will secure a place in next month’s FA Cup final against either Leicester or Southampton.
Chelsea will go into the game as underdogs, a position that Tuchel is used to when facing Pep Guardiola, having failed to beat him in any of their five previous meetings.
Not for the first time since his January arrival Thomas Tuchel could make history: no German coach has ever led a team out in the FA Cup final. He and Pep Guardiola will face each other across the technical area for the first time in this semi-final.
Standing in their way, however, are Premier League champions-elect Manchester City, who are looking to finish off an incredible season with four trophies.
It is set to be a thrilling encounter at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, with kick-off at 5.30pm, but which way will the game go?
We asked our gaming expert Nathan Bliss to run a simulation on FIFA 21 to see how it could pan out.
Only Arsenal and Manchester United have played in the annual showpiece event more times than the Blues, for whom it would be the 15th appearance since 1915 if we can make it through to the final.
Chelsea have reached the last four in at least one competition in 25 of the last 31 seasons, and this is our 25th appearance in a penultimate FA Cup game going back to 1911. The Londoners have won seven of the past eight such matches, but the lone defeat was at the hands of Roberto Mancini’s Man City in 2013. Arsenal pipped City to the final in two of their previous four semi-final appearances.
This is perhaps more than just a FA Cup semi-final however, or simply another step on Manchester City’s road to an unprecedented continental quadruple. This could very well be a particularly sun-kissed dress rehearsal for the Champions League final.
Both City and Chelsea are two legs away from the showpiece game of Europe’s top tournament, with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in their way.
Where will the game be played?
This fixture will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England