FA Cup clash between Man City and Chelsea feels like the final – Gareth Barry
Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry claims that the FA Cup semifinal clash against Chelsea feels as if it is the final game of the English tournament. The buildup to this intense game has been quite entertaining; as both Chelsea and Manchester City possess a spot in the Premier League’s top-four and have defeated the league leaders Manchester United recently.
The Eastlands will take on the defending champions Chelsea with hopes of playing in the FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic or Millwall. Gareth Barry believes Manchester City or Chelsea should take away the FA Cup as there is little chance of relegation-destined Wigan or Championship side Millwall taking away the FA Cup glory.
“It feels more like a final,” Gareth Barry told The Sun. “This is the bigger game of the two and if we can get through it this could be another FA Cup for us. I am looking forward to it. You want to be playing big games at this stage of the season, as this is, when they hand out the trophies.”
The FA Cup is Manchester City’s last bid for silverware this season. The Premier League champions were knocked out of the Champions League from the Group Stages once again, whilst faltering to defend their Premier League crown against archrivals Manchester United.
Presently, Manchester City are positioned second on the Premier League table. Manchester City defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford last weekend, yet they are still 12 points away from them. With only seven games left before the Premier League season ends, Manchester City has little hope defending their title.
“To win at Old Trafford two years in a row sets a good standard for our club,” Gareth Barry said. “The players were desperate to get three points and we would have been disappointed to get anything else, even a draw.
“To win for a second year running is a fantastic feeling. But there is some frustration that we haven't played like that more often. Even before the game kicked off, our players were thinking that we wished there was a little bit more at stake and the gap was a little bit closer.”