sport news Man City's double Double dream lives on - but they were given a huge helping ... trends now

sport news Man City's double Double dream lives on - but they were given a huge helping ... trends now
sport news Man City's double Double dream lives on - but they were given a huge helping ... trends now

sport news Man City's double Double dream lives on - but they were given a huge helping ... trends now

The dream of the double Treble disappeared with defeat to Real Madrid in that penalty shoot-out at The Etihad on Wednesday night but the dream of the double Double lives on. In English football’s era of the Manchester City Supremacy, it is a measure of their dominance that the prospect of such a feat has come to seem like an anti-climax.

It should not be. City’s consistency is remarkable. They were far from at their best at Wembley against a Chelsea side that had enough chances to beat them twice over but they found a way to win, as they so often do, and a late winner from Bernardo Silva earned them their place in the final at the end of next month against either Manchester United or Coventry City.

Football can be cruel but football heals, too, and there was something beautiful about Silva getting the winner. It was his chipped penalty that was so comfortably saved by Madrid keeper Andriy Lunin in the shoot-out that was the symbol of that devastating loss. Now, he was the hero again. 

City’s tilt at history rests more on their attempt to become the first English side ever to win the top flight title four times in succession but, despite the systematic efforts of the Premier League and the FA to destroy the competition, it still carries considerable cachet of its own. That was clear in the joy of the City celebrations after the game.

It was hard not feel some sympathy for Chelsea’s fans, who had provided such brilliant support for their team in trying circumstances. Time after time after time, they saw their forwards waste clear opportunities to score. By late in the second half, their frustration was boiling over. It was hard to blame them.

Bernardo Silva sent Manchester City to the FA Cup final with a late goal to break Chelsea's hearts

Bernardo Silva sent Manchester City to the FA Cup final with a late goal to break Chelsea's hearts

Pep Guardiola's side rebounded from their midweek disappointment against Real Madrid

Pep Guardiola's side rebounded from their midweek disappointment against Real Madrid

Match facts 

Manchester City XI: Ortega, Walker, Stones (Dias 46), Akanji, Ake, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish (Doku 66), Alvarez (Bobb 88)

Subs not used: Ederson, Kovacic, Gomez, Gvardiol, Nunes, Lewis

Goal: Silva 84 

Booked: Foden, De Bruyne, Alvarez 

Manager: Pep Guaridola

Chelsea XI: Petrovic, Gusto (Disasi 79), Chalobah, Silva, Cucurella (Chilwell 88), Caicedo, Fernandez (Sterling 88), Gallagher, Madueke (Mudryk 79), Palmer, Jackson

Subs: Bettinelli, Badiashile, Gilchrist, Chukwuemeka, Washington

Booked: Petrovic, Caicedo, Fernandez

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino 

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It is little wonder that Nicolas Jackson was so desperate to take that penalty in Chelsea’s 6-0 thrashing of Everton recently. On this evidence, there is precious little chance of him scoring in any other way. His performance was not without merit against City but in front of goal, he was the Wizard of Waste.

The game, in general, was hardly a classic. City looked tired. Chelsea were simply not good enough to win. If Cole Palmer had a better supporting cast, they might have had a chance but there is no one on his level.

As for the occasion, well, there were plenty of empty seats. When the FA and the Premier League, who dealt the competition another blow by scrapping replays from the first round proper onwards last week, do not have any respect or love for the FA Cup, what do they expect. The stench of that decision still hung over this game.

Chelsea had nearly played themselves into trouble inside the first two minutes. Marc Cucurella overhit a pass to Thiago Silva in his own box that caught Silva on his heels. The ball looked as if it would run to Julian Alvarez but as he closed in on it, Silva stretched to make a saving tackle.

City forged a chance of their own after a quarter of an hour when De Bruyne slipped a brilliant reverse ball through to Phil Foden, who

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