The FA Cup lost its magic long ago, but this Manchester City XI has shown the competition such a minimal amount of respect it will have the purists of the English game in tatters.
Guus Hiddink has a good FA Cup record to keep up, whilst Manuel Pellegrini will hope that his makeshift XI can still put out some sort of halfway respectable performance..
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 21, 2016
Here is the XI in question. First of all, who even are some of these guys?
Naming such an unheard of XI could, oddly, bring back the magic of the cup. Would this City side beating this (see below) Chelsea side be some sort of crazy giant killing? City’s outcasts and kids beat the Champions on their own dirt? What sort of menace is this?
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 21, 2016
But just imagine if Chelsea’s season takes yet another turn for the worse… could the Blues reach a lower ebb? Could Chelsea be any more of a laughing stock?
Imagine if Chelsea mess this up.
— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) February 21, 2016
— FootballFanCast.com (@FootballFanCast) February 21, 2016
The FA Cup is dying, dying a slow, painful, capitalist death at the hands of Premier League TV money. Even the richest can’t be fussed with the FA’s dreadful scheduling and are effectively throwing the oldest cup of them all.
The magic of the FA Cup https://t.co/EqILhMbE0n
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 21, 2016
That Man City line up is full of Football Manager regens. pic.twitter.com/OEM3MFCeb1
— Coral (@Coral) February 21, 2016
Manchester City have managed to make a team of kids and their dads, for this.
— 90min (@90min_Football) February 21, 2016