(EFE) .- Pep Guardiola will not get a historic title poker in England. Chelsea separated him from the FA Cup finals to challenge the first trophy of the Thomas Tuchel era, thanks to a goal from Hakim Ziyech in a match to forget (1-0).
The Moroccan, on the counterattack, took advantage of an error by Steffen, City’s substitute goalkeeper, to destroy the Sky Blues’ dream of lifting the Premier League, the League Cup, the Champions League and the FA Cup in the same season. they will have to “settle” with trying the triplet.
The lack of atmosphere at Wembley was noticeable at the start of the game that was reminiscent of the first leg of a European tie in which the goal of the two teams is not to concede. The last game without an audience at Wembley, before the fans returned this Sunday for the second semi-final and next week with the League Cup final, had 45 minutes of parsimony.
An insipid first half, punctuated with a poorly executed volley by Ben Chilwell, a deflected shot by Reece James from the front and some easy and isolated save by Kepa Arrizabalaga. The meeting dozed with two teams that did not want to get lost too quickly and aware that in addition to the initial 90 minutes there could be an extension.
Between prudence and surely the fatigue of having had to play during the week in the Champions League, Chelsea and Manchester City were content to arrive at halftime with a draw and without the options of either of them being diminished. Chelsea annulled City and those of Guardiola held those of Tuchel.
And the mental blow came for City as soon as the second half began. De Bruyne, the star of the team, had to leave substituted after poor support with his ankle. In his place came Phil Foden and with almost no time to acclimatize, Chelsea struck.
A ball to the back of the defense took off Timo Werner’s ride. Steffen, the substitute goalkeeper of the Sky Blues, went out for grapes and the German took advantage of it so that Ziyech, without opposition and without a goalkeeper, scored on an empty goal.
The Moroccan could have killed the match and is that with City still on the canvas, an error in Dias’s cut left him alone against the goalkeeper, but in hand-to-hand he was unable to define.
They were practically the only two occasions for a Chelsea for which the score was gold. The fierce defense of Tuchel’s men slowed City down and caused their only chances to come from set pieces, forcing Kepa to draw the tie at the last gasp.
But it was not the goal. At Wembley, their hopes for historic title poker died. Now he will have to close the Premier, the final of the League Cup next week and the semi-finals of the Champions League. Tuchel, however, will return to this stadium on May 15 to avenge the final that his team lost last year.