Hammers and Blues cruise through to FA Cup quarter finals | MUNDIAL MORNINGS

Last years English Premier League champions Chelsea destroyed Manchester City 5-1 in this mornings FA Cup 5th round.

The Blues were all over City from start to finish, although the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story.

With a tough Champions League schedule and the League Cup final on Sunday, manager Manuel Pellegrini was reluctant to play his big stars.

He may face harsh criticism but in the scheme of things, a quarter final Champions League spot and victory in the league cup final would be more satisfactory.

City six first game players which was the main focal point of their lack of quality against an experienced, unchanged Chelsea side.

Eden Hazard was back on the score-sheet, hitting a perfectly weighted free kick past City goalkeeper Caballero.

New Chelsea signing Alexandre Pato welcomed to Stamford Bridge 

 

West Ham United also had a big win, smashing former Premier League side Blackburn Rovers 5-1.

Payet scored a double and also set one up, before being praised by his manager and the fans.

His first goal came from a 25 yard free kick, before setting one up for

Emmanuel Emenike and then scoring a goal from a half way line run.

 

The FA Cup QF draw

(11-14 March)

Reading v Crystal Palace

Everton v Chelsea

Arsenal or Hull City v Watford

Shrewsbury or Manchester United v West Ham

 

By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)

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