The FA Cup Final: Manchester City’s Road to Wembley

Mike Hewitt

Two days and counting to the biggest game in the club’s history, our second appearance at New Wembley and this time it is the big final. So to start the count down, let’s look at Manchester City’s trip to the final and how well they have done in this year’s cup.

City have so far only conceded one goal in this year’s competition, that coming in the Semi-final against Chelsea. They have managed to score a few, 15 goals in total they have managed to score with Carlos Tevez scoring five of their goals. So the Argentinian could be the man to watch.

Manchester City 3-0 Watford

Comfortable first round tie for the Premier League champions, as they strolled past a strong Watford team. They rarely got out of third gear and were 2-0 up before half time. By the second half they took their foot of the gas, and managed to get a third in the final minute of the game.

Stoke City 0-1 Manchester City

Premier League opposition followed and a much tougher test away from home for City. They struggled to break down the doors of a very strong Stoke City defence which was stubborn as ever. The Manchester club still was the better side, and in the style of champions they grinded out the win.

It took till the 85th minute with the prospect of a replay looming over the two teams, before Pablo Zabaleta’s fine finish book a place for City in the fifth round.

Manchester City 4-0 Leeds United

Another Championship side and another game at home for City. Again it was rarely a struggle as straight from the off it was one way traffic. Yaya Toure scoring in the sixth minute and they didn’t look back. Another goal was added before half time, with two more coming in the second half.

Manchester City 5-0 Barnsley

The same recipe and the same result, relegation threatened Barnsley were out to cause an upset. It didn’t look likely on paper and all hopes of that were quashed as Carlos Tevez racked up three goals to make him City’s leading FA Cup scorer. No looking back for them and they looked like the team to avoid in the cup this season.

Chelsea 1-2 Manchester City

Chelsea then were the unlucky team to have a semi-final match against City. Yet again in the same fashion as there other FA Cup ties this season, City started quickly and didn’t look back. Right from the word go they were the better side, and considering this was there hardest opposition, they didn’t make it look like they were working very hard.

Samir Nasri eventually managed to get their noses in front, after some solid goal keeping from Petre Cech had kept City at bay. Two minutes into the second half and it was 2-0 with Aquero getting on the score sheet.

There was a fight back from Chelsea and Demba Ba managed to get himself on the score sheet and be the only man so far to score against the Manchester club in this season’s competition.

What do we know?

It’s going to be hard to score, and even hard to stop this train. Manchester City look intent on getting some silverware and so far have brushed every team aside in this season’s competition. Can we stop them? I hope so!

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