Chelsea and Crystal Palace will meet in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium, The Blues advanced to the final four after defeating Middlesbrough 2-0 yesterday.
Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech scored as the European champions continued to drown out the speculation over the club’s future.
And Palace sent the Selhurst Park supporters home pleased earlier today with a 4-0 thrashing of Everton, heaping pressure on Toffees manager Frank Lampard.
Patrick Vieira, the Eagles’ manager, stated: “Going to Wembley Stadium is a tremendous experience. The stadium’s atmosphere may be heard.
“This is what the people wanted, and this is what we wanted to offer them. They’ve been outstanding in rallying support for the squad.
“It is only a first step; there is still a long way to go. For us, this is an exciting time.”
In the other semi-final, Manchester City will face either Nottingham Forest or Liverpool, who will play tonight at the City Ground.
City defeated Southampton 4-1 in the quarter-finals at St Mary’s this afternoon, and Micah Richards feels his former team will be difficult to stop as they pursue the Treble.
According to the Sky Sports pundit: “Manchester City’s ability to grind out results is exceptional.
“They deprive the opponent of the ball, and they were outstanding in the second half [against Southampton].”
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, added: “It was not an easy victory, but we are now in the international break.
“We have two months left in the season and are competing in three different tournaments. We understand that every game is a final.”