Jermaine Jenas reckons Chelsea could be the biggest challenge to Manchester City to win the FA Cup this season.
The Blues are in quarter-final action on Sunday as they welcome Sheffield United to Stamford Bridge, with Thomas Tuchel’s men looking to advance in another competition after progressing to the last-eight of the Champions League in midweek.
Chelsea will be looking to join Southampton and Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, after victories against Bournemouth and Everton respectively for those two sides.
The other tie on Sunday is between Leicester City and Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.
But while Manchester City are seen as the favourites for the FA Cup, with Pep Guardiola’s men currently fighting on four fronts this season, Jenas reckons Chelsea could pose a threat to them for FA Cup glory.
As reported by The Sun, Jenas said in an interview with the sponsor of BT Sport’s coverage of the FA Cup, Heycar that he thinks Chelsea might win it, based on their current form.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson is predicting a comfortable 2-0 win for Chelsea against the Blades.
In his weekly predictions feature for the BBC website, he said: “Chelsea might not be too exciting to watch under Thomas Tuchel, but they know how to get the job done.”
And former Liverpool striker Michael Owen is also predicting a semi-final spot for the Blues courtesy of a 1-0 win.
In his weekly predictions feature for BetVictor, he said: “Through to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, it’s turning into an unbelievable opening spell for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.
“On paper, the Blues have been handed a favourable FA Cup tie here, so they must be optimistic of making progress.
“For Sheffield United, their dreams of Premier League survival faded long ago, and now in cup competition mode, I think it might be hard for them to raise their game. With that in mind, I’m siding with Tuchel’s men to progress.”
However, Tuchel has played down Chelsea’s hopes of winning two trophies this season, with the German insisting that he and his players will simply approach things game by game.
Speaking ahead of the cup tie, he said: “It is a bit the same if you asked me on the first day can we could be unbeaten in 13 games and do 11 clean sheets – I don’t know. In the end, you have to see. Maybe yes, maybe no.
“I can only tell you, is it possible to win against Sheffield on Sunday, yes it is possible. Is it easy? No. if you want to win, if you want to be in Wembley you need to win this game.
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“There is no other approach. Is it possible to win the FA Cup? Yes for sure. Is it possible to win the Champions League when you arrive in the quarter-final? Yes, for all eight teams it is possible. From there on, admit it and put it aside because you just lose focus.
“The focus is performance, intensity, attitude, mentality against Sheffield and nothing else. And then first leg against Porto and second leg and be ready every second of the game because it is football and anything can happen and I am 100% sure Sheffield arrives to beat us and Porto will arrive to beat us.
“These are the challenges and we will see where the limit is.”