Players reflect after FA Cup delight as Man City head into final

Manchester City v Chelsea - Emirates FA Cup Semi Final
Manchester City v Chelsea - Emirates FA Cup Semi Final / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Manchester City's hunt for the FA Cup trophy continues, as Pep Guardiola's side books a place in the upcoming final. 

On the weekend, Man City found a late-match winning goal to overcome Chelsea, in what became their first win over the Blues this season. 

Manchester City will play rivals Manchester United in the final of the FA Cup after a 3-3 draw sent United to a penalty shootout victory over Coventry. 

After crashing out of the Champions League last week, City now focus on the Premier League and the FA Cup with both titles still available to them. 

Two of the Cityzens shared thoughts after the big win over Chelsea, starting with Nathan Ake, "It was hard work, but we're so happy we could get it done. I'm so proud of everyone - the way we worked and fought for this win, I'm so proud and happy for everyone."

Nathan Ake
Manchester City v Chelsea - Emirates FA Cup Semi Final / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

"It was a tough one to take and it's been a tough week - especially in the manner of how it ended in the Champions League. We knew we had to switch very quickly, but we are very happy we could have a last push to reach another final. There's so much left to play for. There's still a little way to go, for now, the most important thing is to rest for a couple days and get ready for the last games of the season. We are going to push until the end."

Kevin De Bruyne also contributed after the FA Cup game, "The bar was so high after last year and we were playing on three fronts until Wednesday- now it's two - but to do this year-after-year is a sign of character and the team has that in abundance. I'm proud and it's an honour to play with this team because they show up every day."

Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City v Chelsea - Emirates FA Cup Semi Final / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

"We've been here before and there's no reason to think too much ahead. We will stay calm and focus on what we need to do." 

Next up for Man City is Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League. Last week, City found themselves back at the top of the table, while Liverpool and Arsenal failed to claim wins during that time. 

Since City missed out on playing their PL fixture due to the FA Cup, Arsenal and Liverpool claimed three points each, going above the Cityzens on the table - for now, that is. 


While City take on Brighton, Liverpool plays Everton in the Merseyside derby and Arsenal meet Chelsea. 

Man City have seven Premier League games remaining, while both Arsenal and Liverpool have a total of five.