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Brendan Rodgers urges Leicester to use FA Cup final as spur for top four finish

Foxes beat Southampton to reach final against ChelseaLeicester third in league but have lost last two gamesBrendan Rodgers said he hopes Leicester reaching a first FA Cup final since 1969 will spur them on to secure a top-four berth in the Premier Leag…

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Iheanacho fires Leicester into FA Cup final with win over Southampton

Leicester reached the FA Cup final for the first time since 1969 thanks to a goal by their man of the moment, Kelechi Iheanacho. The Nigerian, already the highest scoring African in the tournament’s history, continued his glowing recent form by strikin…

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Leicester v Southampton: FA Cup semi-final – live!

Updates from the second semi-final at Wembley (6.30pm BST)Hasenhüttl hopes motivational videos will inspire SaintsEmail Rob with your thoughts on the game 7.04pm BST 33 min This is a decent spell for Southampton, their best of the match so far. 7.03pm …

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Leicester v Southampton: FA Cup semi-final – live!

Updates from the second semi-final at Wembley (6.30pm BST)Hasenhüttl hopes motivational videos will inspire SaintsEmail Rob with your thoughts on the game 7.04pm BST 33 min This is a decent spell for Southampton, their best of the match so far. 7.03pm …

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Brendan Rodgers ignores whispers of collapse as Leicester size up Wembley

An FA Cup semi-final defeat would trigger talk of another late-season wobble, but Leicester’s manager is embracing the pressureBrendan Rodgers says that the past week brought the lowest point of his mostly uplifting two-year tenure at Leicester. No dou…

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Timo Werner keeps it simple to hit his highest note for Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Thomas Tuchel asked his forward to pare his game back to a very specific movement at Wembley – and it workedIt is a sporting truism that some athletes “get better” by not playing. Absence is flattering to the reputation. Time dims the bad bits and illu…

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Timo Werner keeps it simple to hit his highest note for Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Thomas Tuchel asked his forward to pare his game back to a very specific movement at Wembley – and it workedIt is a sporting truism that some athletes “get better” by not playing. Absence is flattering to the reputation. Time dims the bad bits and illu…

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Timo Werner keeps it simple to hit his highest note for Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Thomas Tuchel asked his forward to pare his game back to a very specific movement at Wembley – and it workedIt is a sporting truism that some athletes “get better” by not playing. Absence is flattering to the reputation. Time dims the bad bits and illu…

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Pep Guardiola defends City team selection after FA Cup exit to Chelsea

Manager made eight changes to side that won in midweekDe Bruyne injury ‘doesn’t look good’, says GuardiolaPep Guardiola dismissed suggestions that he did not pay enough attention to the FA Cup after Manchester City’s hopes of winning an unprecedented q…

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Hakim Ziyech fires Chelsea into FA Cup final to end City’s quadruple dream

Thomas Tuchel laid the trap and Manchester City walked straight into it, ending their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple. Outfoxed tactically, Pep Guardiola could not complain about losing to his friend for the first time in six matches. Chelsea were …

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Southampton’s Jan Bednarek: ‘Do everything you can to be as good as you can’

The Polish defender is a stickler for detail and marginal gains, and hopes it will pay off against Leicester at WembleyJamie Vardy’s pre-match diet consists of a couple of cans of Red Bull but one of the Southampton defenders tasked with keeping the st…

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Chelsea v Manchester City: FA Cup semi-final – live!

Updates from the first semi-final kicking off at 5.30pm BSTJacob Steinberg: Abramovich must give Tuchel freedomLive scoreboard: Saturday’s latest scores and resultsAnd you can contact Scott by email here 5.39pm BST 7 min: Chelsea run the same play, onl…

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Leicester v Southampton: FA Cup semi-final preview

The pressure is on Leicester as they hope to reach the FA Cup final for the first time since 1969. Collectively the team need to get back on track after last week’s Premier League defeat to West Ham; and individuals such as James Maddison and Ayoze Pér…

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Pep Guardiola sticks with Steffen for Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final

‘If Zach doesn’t play I’m going to lose the team’Guardiola tells Phil Foden to stay groundedPep Guardiola will choose Zack Steffen for Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea because the manager would rather lose the tie than “lose the team…

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Hasenhüttl hopes motivational videos will inspire Southampton at Wembley

Saints take on Leicester in FA Cup semi-final on Sunday‘For smaller clubs it is always good to have this target’Ralph Hasenhüttl has been showing Southampton’s players motivational videos to inspire them to bring their A-game to Wembley for Sunday’s FA…

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Abramovich must give Tuchel the freedom to follow Guardiola’s path | Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea’s FA Cup tie with Manchester City draws together similar managers working in very different environmentsAlthough it would be understandable if Roman Abramovich feels pangs of envy when he watches Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, there is a diff…

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Chelsea v Manchester City: FA Cup semi-final preview

Manchester City’s latest obstacle in their path to hoovering up every piece of silverware available is a tussle with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. After both side’s progressed to the Champions League it will be interesting to see if either side shows signs …

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Premier League, FA Cup and EFL: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Tuchel v Guardiola at Wembley, Leicester need Covid trio and Jürgen Klopp’s front-three selection problemsThe blueprint for beating Manchester City is not complex, because it is identical to the blueprint for beating any other team: attack well and def…

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FA ‘delighted’ Wembley will host pilot events for ‘Covid status certification’

Thousands to be admitted to finals of FA Cup and Carabao CupFactors for entry are vaccination, a negative test and immunityThe Carabao Cup final, the second FA Cup semi-final and the FA Cup final will serve as Wembley pilot events for the government’s …

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Premier League, FA Cup, Old Firm and WSL: 10 talking points from weekend

Gabriel Jesus may remain City’s Plan B, Martin Ødegaard should be Arsenal’s Plan A and Celtic just need a planLucas Moura’s place in Tottenham history was assured two years ago by his hat-trick against Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals. And yet …