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Chelsea and Manchester City will play each other in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and it promises to be a massive tie at the Wembley Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side are one of the most in-form teams in Europe, and they have a fierce attacking style and also play a robust style of football.
Former Leicester City striker Alan Smith believes that this will be an interesting encounter and has urged Chelsea defender Thiago Silva that he will need to be at his best to guide the Chelsea defence against a fierce City attack.
“Chelsea, you would imagine, will have to score a couple because, for all their defensive solidity under Tuchel, it is difficult to see them shutting City out completely, not when Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are carrying the fight with such thrilling chutzpah,” Alan Smith told the Evening Standard.
“This is where the vast experience of Thiago Silva comes in. Chelsea need their best defender on top of his game, organising and covering when those sky blue shirts start swarming around. Not many time a tackle better than the Brazilian, a skill that should be regularly needed on Wembley’s wide pastures.
“It is going to be tight — that looks fairly certain — but there is too much first-class talent for it to be boring.”