Crucial six game spell will determine City’s season after reaching Champions League semi final
- Blues meet Chelsea in FA Cup semi Saturday
- League Cup final week after, then Champions League semi
- Reds meet Roma in Europa League semis
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have it all to play for with six games in the next 18 days which will determine whether they will achieve the ultimate footballing dream of winning the quadruple.
The Blues face Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley tomorrow (Saturday) with a 5.30pm kick off. This will be a stern examination as Chelsea also booked a spot in the Champions League semi-finals this week after knocking out Porto.
In the Premier League, City are coasting to another title, 11 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United with six games left to play. After losing to Leeds United in the league, City still need four more wins to regain their crown, with only six league games to go.
The other competition that is still live for City is the Carabao Cup, where they will meet Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the final next Sunday on 25 April.
City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time under Pep Guardiola after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1, winning the tie 4-2 on aggregate.
Holding a 2-1 advantage form the first leg, City did not know whether to stick or twist in the early stages and were caught cold by an incredible strike from 17-year-old wonderkid, Jude Bellingham, who became the youngest English goalscorer in the Champions League.
Guardiola has seen his City team knocked out at the quarter-final stage in the last three seasons and must have been dreading the worst again, but Emre Can handed the visitors a lifeline when handling a cross. Riyad Mahrez stroked home from the penalty spot soon before Phil Foden hammered in a second from the edge of the box to seal the tie.
City will now face Paris Saint-Germain in the last four. The first leg of this tie will be played on Wednesday 28 April, just three days after their Carabao Cup final against Spurs.
Edinson Cavani eases Manchester United past Granada and into the Europa League semi-finals
Manchester United will face Serie A side Roma in the Europa League semi-finals after a 4-0 aggregate victory over Granada in Thursday night’s quarter-final tie.
The first leg will take place at Old Trafford on Thursday 29 April, before the Reds head to Italy for the second leg on Thursday 6 May.
Cavani had emphasised his destructive instincts during the 3-1 success at Tottenham, and the in-form Uruguayan scored his first European goal in United colours and fiftieth overall after meeting Paul Pogba’s knockdown to volley his low drive into the bottom corner.
Jesus Vallejo’s own goal in the final minute of normal time compounded Granada’s night with the Spaniards missing a sequence of opportunities to keep the tie in the balance.