Manchester City 4-0 Chelsea: Potter fails to conjure cup magic in sad Etihad defeat
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Chelsea’s poor run under Graham Potter continued as Manchester City clinched a comfortable 4-0 win in the FA Cup third round.
Three days after losing 1-0 to City in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea surrendered at the Etihad Stadium.
Riyad Mahrez’s stunning free-kick, Julian Alvarez’ penalty and Phil Foden’s close-range finish all but brought City through at half-time on Sunday.
A late Mahrez penalty ensured the fourth, while City looked forward to a possible fourth-round meeting with leaders Arsenal – who need to beat Oxford United to achieve that tie – while Chelsea showed little sign of immediate improvement under Potter is in sight.
Cole Palmer should have done better early on but City didn’t have to wait long for their lead – Mahrez smashed a brilliant free-kick into the top right corner after being fouled 25 yards from Lewis Hall’s goal.
Kai Havertz’s desperate handball gave City a chance of a second after a VAR check and world champion Alvarez’s penalty crept in under Kepa Arrizabalaga.
11 – Julián Álvarez has been directly involved in 11 goals (9 goals, 2 assists) in his last 10 starts with Manchester City and Argentina. Arana. pic.twitter.com/UCOcBShFbv
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 8, 2023
Mahrez was key to an exceptional third goal to end the tie, slipping a perfectly weighted pass to Kyle Walker, the cut of which was expertly turned home by Foden.
Chelsea had their first shot in the 55th minute but Stefan Ortega was little troubled by Mason Mount’s shot.
On the other hand, Chelsea couldn’t avoid further damage when Kalidou Koulibaly slammed into Foden late on.
Mahrez made no mistake from the point, slamming high in the middle to cap a great win and a miserable day for Chelsea, who were eliminated in the third round for the first time since the 1997/98 season.
What does it mean? Free-Scoring City is the antithesis of Potter’s outspoken blues
Chelsea’s defense left a lot to be desired – although Potter chose to start youngster Bashir Humphreys in the back line – but their attacking game is just as worrying.
The Blues were three goals down at half-time for the second time under Potter in his 18th game. Never before had Thomas Tuchel conceded so many goals during the break in 100 competitive games.
While City’s attack purred – Alvarez has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 10 starts for club and country, and Foden has been the only player to score in each of the last five FA Cup campaigns – Chelsea have matched an expected total goals tally of just once 0.1 to their hosts 2.7. Your problems are blatant.
Set pieces specialist Mahrez has Chelsea thinking… again
After scoring a net in Thursday’s league win at Stamford Bridge, as well as the EFL Cup meeting between the teams earlier in the season, Mahrez started and ended defeat, becoming the first player to score in three games against Chelsea in a single Goal has scored the season in all competitions since Javier Hernandez for Manchester United 10 years ago.
His free-kick was a beauty and only James Ward-Prowse (13) and James Maddison (seven) have scored more direct free-kick goals for Premier League sides than Mahrez (six) since the start of the 2019/20 season. Season.
3 – Riyad Mahrez is the first player since Javier Hernández for Man Utd in 2012-13 to score in three different games against Chelsea in all competitions in a single season. Dagger. pic.twitter.com/qWeyzC0FZ5
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 8, 2023
Havertz has a stinker
After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of the squad after coming on in Thursday’s defeat and then being substituted, Havertz – the goalscorer of Chelsea’s winner of the Champions League final between those teams in 2021 – became at the helm deployed.
He had a shocker. While starved, Havertz didn’t get a try or an opportunity and was pulled off at half-time after his bloodlust led to City’s second.
Key Opta facts
– City have won each of their last nine FA Cup third round games (excluding replays), scoring 36 goals while conceding just four.
– Chelsea have lost each of their last five games against City without scoring a single goal themselves – it is the first time in their history that they have lost to an opponent five times in a row without scoring a goal.
– City have scored in each of their last six FA Cup games, scoring 20 goals.
– Pep Guardiola’s side have scored in the last four penalties awarded in the FA Cup.
– City have avoided defeat in their last 17 games as they scored the opening FA Cup goal against Arsenal (L1-2) in April 2017.
City visit Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, while Chelsea face Premier League rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage a day later.