Keown: Why Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea can beat Manchester City in the FA Cup

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According to Arsenal legend Martin Keown, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea can stop Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in today’s FA Cup semi-final clash.

Keown told Daily Mail: “The problem for Chelsea is City are currently moving the ball better than ever. They have become the ultimate passing machine. They made more than 700 passes in the Champions League on Wednesday – 300 more than the high-quality Borussia Dortmund side who were playing at home.

“Out of possession they’re hoovering up the opposition to get the ball off them, then they restart their passing cycle all over again. City are simply relentless.

“As tempting as it is to discuss the individual talent of Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden, it’s taken a collective effort to come this close to a potential quadruple.

“This is the enormous challenge facing Chelsea, who want to make it into their fourth FA Cup final in five years.

“To stop this City machine currently represents one of football’s toughest tasks. But if anyone can do it, it is Tuchel’s Chelsea. He likes his team to be safe and secure.

“They don’t score freely but that freak 5-2 defeat by West Brom aside, Tuchel’s side have been outstanding at the back. They defend with seven men – using five defenders with two midfielders in front.

“Even when their wing backs fly forward to give them width, Chelsea’s back three and midfield two stay together, ensuring they always have a secure base.”

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