Chelsea and Eden Hazard overwhelm Pellegrini’s weakened Manchester City

Whatever the rights and wrongs of Manchester City’s team selection – and Manuel Pellegrini will argue with anyone who accuses him of going too far with his protests – when the story comes to be written of the 2016 FA Cup this feels like an unsatisfactory part of the narrative. This tie ought to have been a cracker. Instead, there was an air of inevitability as soon as the teams were announced and it became clear Pellegrini was not making idle threats about fielding a scratch XI and, in effect, sacrificing the competition.

It would be wrong to say his line-up represented a white flag of surrender but it was a close-run thing at times and Chelsea will go into the quarter-finals knowing their luck was in because of the combination of television scheduling, a Champions League assignment for City in Ukraine on Wednesday, and the overwhelming sense that Pellegrini was absolutely determined to make his point.

 

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Source:the guardian

 

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