Tuchel braced for City test

17 April 2021 00:58:57 GMTPlus10

Thomas Tuchel has admitted his Chelsea side are not yet on the same level as FA Cup semi-final opponents Manchester City but is confident they can still hurt Pep Guardiola's men.

Chelsea take on quadruple-chasing City at Wembley in the first of this year's FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

The German coach is well aware Chelsea's opponents this weekend have been viewed as a class above everyone else this season.

They sit 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League, while they are also in the EFL Cup final and made it through to the Champions League semis in midweek.

However, he says the Blues must embrace the challenge with a place in the FA Cup final against either Leicester City or Southampton at stake.

The 47-year-old said in his pre-match press conference: "We have to accept there is a gap between us and Manchester City. I expect a very offensive match, a very physical match. We have to play with courage and play adventurously.

"It's the right moment for us to face a challenge like this. I hope we catch the moments where we can make them suffer."

Tuchel confirmed N'Golo Kante has been passed fit to play in what is a significant midfield boost for Chelsea, but Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen have both been ruled out.

Chelsea are aiming to finish the campaign on a high and are also through to the last four in the Champions League after beating Porto 2-1 on aggregate.

Tuchel's side are in the mix for a top-four finish in the Premier League as they're fifth in the table, a point behind West Ham directly above.

Chelsea are 16/5 to beat Man City, with the Citizens 10/11 and the draw in 90 minutes 12/5.

The Blues are 8/15 to win the FA Cup, City are 4/5.

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