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The Manchester City team that should start against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final

Daniel Feliciano
Apr 16, 2021, 3:30 PM GMT+1
Man City are on an unprecedented quadruple hunt
Man City are on an unprecedented quadruple hunt | BSR Agency/Getty Images
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Manchester City look to make it two cup finals out of three this weekend when they travel down to London to take on Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final.

Pep Guardiola's side are already in the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham at the end of the month and sit top of the league, needing 11 points from the final seven games to clinch the title.

With so many plates to juggle, Guardiola must rotate his side while keeping them competitive. Here's a look at the team the Catalan manager should go with to best compete to ensure another cup final.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

John Stones, Ruben Dias
The best defensive pairing in Europe this season | Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Ederson (GK) - While American stopper Zack Steffen has started every FA cup game this season, Guardiola should revert to his strongest team and that means Ederson plays.

Kyle Walker (RB) -
The England international has tremendous speed which could help quell Chelsea counter attacks.

John Stones (CB) -
One half of the best defensive unit in Europe this season, Stones' ability on the ball and one vs one defending should see him start ahead of Aymeric Laporte.

Ruben Dias (CB) -
Arguably City's player of the season, Dias is a guaranteed starter in a game like this as the leader of the backline.

Joao Cancelo (LB) -
City struggled without him at Leeds last week and his ability going forward will be huge in this one.

2. Midfielders

Kevin De Bruyne, İlkay Gündoğan
City's two midfield powerhouses will start alongside each other | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Rodri (DM) - He has stepped up to replace Fernandinho in the holding midfield role expertly this season and must start a game of this importance.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) -
City's top goalscorer this season, Gundogan has been incredibly influential and has become undroppable in games like this.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) -
The best player at the club by a distance, De Bruyne starts when fit.

3. Forwards

Phil Foden, Kyle Walker
Phil Foden was the star in midweek once again | Pool/Getty Images

Riyad Mahrez (RW) - Mahrez got the important equaliser in midweek against Dortmund and has a good record against Chelsea in his career so should start here.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) -
Pep has started without a traditional striker in recent games but Jesus' mobility should be helpful against Chelsea's back three.

Phil Foden (LW) -
The man of the moment, Foden is a must start right now. Goals, assists, link-up play and form, it's a no-brainer.

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