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Ortega replaces Ederson, Erling Haaland and De Bruyne drop out – Predicted XI: Manchester City vs Chelsea




Manchester City is preparing for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium, just days after their Champions League exit against Real Madrid. The defeat left spirits low, but City must use it as motivation to secure their place in the final.

Manager Pep Guardiola revealed that striker Erling Haaland and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne requested to be substituted due to fitness concerns during the Real Madrid game. Haaland’s fitness remains uncertain, while De Bruyne is expected to be available for the match against Chelsea.

In terms of the predicted starting lineup, Stefan Ortega Moreno is likely to replace Ederson as the cup goalkeeper. In defense, John Stones may partner Ruben Dias, while Rico Lewis could fill in for Kyle Walker. Nathan Ake might start in place of Josko Gvardiol.


In midfield, Mateo Kovacic and Bernardo Silva are expected to start, with Matheus Nunes joining them. Up front, Julian Alvarez could replace Haaland as the central striker, with Jeremy Doku on the right wing. Oscar Bobb is predicted to start on the left, allowing Phil Foden and Jack Grealish to rest.

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City aims to bounce back from their Champions League setback and advance to the FA Cup final. Guardiola’s lineup will balance the need for rotation and the desire to progress in the competition

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