City’s reward for Saturday’s hugely enjoyable victory over Nottingham Forest in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup is…Chelsea away.
It’s a distinctly underwhelming tie, providing us with a trip to a ground we’ve visited a few times in recent years that’s a long way away and probably won’t end well. There’s an argument to be made that it’s the worst possible draw available to us.
City have played Chelsea ten times in the Premier League in the past decade, avoiding defeat only twice and losing the last six. It’s our first meeting in this competition since 1999, when City lost 6-1 to Gianluca Vialli’s side at Boothferry Park. City also lost a Third Round replay at in January 1982 – in fact, we’ve never bested the Londoners in this competition, and since our first meeting in 1905 we’ve only won four of our 46 encounters.
So, that may well be that for the Cup this season. And if so, then so be it. If there’s to be a short-term boost from Saturday’s win that propels us to a few League points, it’ll still have been worth it. And anyway, every tournament throws up at least one massive shock…
The tie will be played on Saturday 17th February. Barnsley at home, our planned engagement that afternoon, is yet to be rearranged.