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Manchester City on a high ahead of semi final against Chelsea

12 Apr 2013 09:17:14

Manchester City on a high ahead of semi final against Chelsea

Manchester City are upbeat as they prepare for their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on the back of a morale-boosting derby win over Manchester United.

City's reign as Barclays Premier League champions might be coming to an end but they served up a reminder of their class with a deserved victory over the runaway leaders at Old Trafford on Monday.

Midfielder Gareth Barry told the club's website, www.mcfc.co.uk: "We go into the game with confidence high after winning at Old Trafford and we just need to focus on our own game and making sure that's right. Beating United means we'll go into the game in the right mood and that can't do any harm."

City have the upper hand in meetings with Chelsea this season after drawing 0-0 at Stamford Bridge and winning the return at the Etihad Stadium 2-0.

Roberto Mancini's men might also be fresher as Chelsea need to recover quickly from a midweek trip to Moscow to face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League but Barry does not believe too much should be read into any of those factors.

The 32-year-old said: "I don't think we will have any psychological edge because of past results this season. In the FA Cup, history and form go out of the window and it's all about who delivers the goods on the day. If you look at Chelsea's cup record in recent years, they've been fantastic and have won a lot of trophies so it will be a hard game."

The clash is the bigger of the two semi-finals to be staged this weekend and the winner will be clear favourites to beat Wigan or Millwall in the final.

Barry feels it is disrespectful to look too far ahead.

He said: "It's important we show the other semi-finalists respect because people have been claiming our game with Chelsea is the final.

"Wigan have shown on their day they can beat anyone - as they did when they beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park - and though we don't know that much about Millwall, they've got to this stage so they must have something about them, too."


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