London - Manchester City crushed Chelsea's hope of defending the Football Association Cup, beating the Blues 2-1 in the semifinal on Sunday.
From the whistle, Chelsea never seemed to be in the game, Manchester City dominated possession, were strong going forward, and frankly, the Blues should be glad to walk with just a 2-1 loss.
Roberto Mancini's charges looked potent in attack, and were unlucky not to convert more chances. The Sky Blues took the lead ten minutes before halftime. Yaya Toure in devastating form, penetrated the midfield, laid the ball off to Carlos Tevez, who passed it the Frenchman, whose first touch came off a defender and still managed to lift the ball over Petr Cech.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Manchester City punished Chelsea's defense. James Milner, finding space in the back, crossed the ball to Sergio Aguero who headed the ball past a shell-shocked, flat on his feet, defenseless Cech to make it 2-0.
The Blues, suddenly awakened by the notion that were on their out, shifted into gear. Chelsea brought on Fernando Torres, and now with two strikers to deal with, Manchester City were put under pressure at the back. Demba Ba pulled one back for the Blues in the 66th minute, with a spectacular volley.
But, that was it for the Blues. They failed to capitalise on further chances at a goal. Coach Rafael Benitez should start looking for another coaching position, if history is anything to go by - not even winning the FA Cup can secure one's job at Chelsea. Getting knocked out, should give one a good indication of what the future may hold. The Blues' only hope for silverware this season is winning the UEFA Europa League.
Manchester City will face Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final on the 11th of May at Wembley.