Man City defeat Chelsea 2-1 to book date with Wigan in FA Cup final
Man City will now play against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final next month, all thanks to goals from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero. The French attacking midfielder, Nasri, opened the scoring-sheet for Manchester City while later, the Argentinean Aguero, nailed a brilliant header to increase City’s lead to 2-0.
However, a stunning overhead kick from Chelsea's Demba Ba, trimmed the lead to just one goal, but in the end it wasn’t enough for the defending champs to save face. Manchester City, who won the English Premier League last season and the FA Cup a year before that, will have the chance of finishing their third straight season with a trophy against Wigan Athletic.
“It is brilliant,” Vincent Kompany told ITV. “It is another great day for the club. You look at this (atmosphere) and we only hope we can have these scenes when we play against Wigan in the final.
“We never doubted the fact that we wanted to win trophies. This was an important game and it will be an even more important game in the final against Wigan. That is what we are looking forward to now.”
The result of the game would have been very different had the referee given away a penalty kick on Kompany’s late challenge on Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.
“I thought it was great defending,” Kompany said. “I put my body in the way and did everything I could. This is football and it was a well-fought game and it was not easy for both teams.
“For a while it was too comfortable and it was a wake-up call (when it went to 2-1). The pitch is huge and a lot of the time it is you against your man. You never know what can happen but I think in the end we did really well and when it mattered we were there.”
Defending the English Premier League title appears to be a challenge out of Manchester City’s comfort zone. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will now concentrate on acquiring the FA Cup, which means the Italian will feature his key players against Wigan Athletic in the final on April 17.