Man City beats Chelsea, go to FA Cup quarters
By Rob Harris ,AP
February 17, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City powered forward with ease into the FA Cup quarterfinals on Saturday, overcoming Premier League title rival Chelsea 2-0 to maintain its quadruple chase.
Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri provided the goals to avenge a 1-0 league loss this month, with a formidable City in complete control and preventing Chelsea from hitting the target once.
“We can beat everyone,” Jovetic said. “We learnt something (from losing to Chelsea), you could see that on the pitch.”
Although Chelsea leads the league, City is only three points behind in third with a game in hand after its midweek game was postponed due to bad weather.
City also remains in Champions League contention, facing Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, and meets Sunderland in the League Cup final next month.
Sunderland also advanced in the FA Cup, with Craig Gardner clinching a 1-0 victory over Southampton.
Wigan maintained its cup defense by winning 2-1 at Cardiff, with Ben Watson, whose goal clinched the cup before the team was relegated from the topflight last May, netting the winner in south Wales.
In Sunday's headline fixture in the fifth round, Arsenal hosts Liverpool in another meeting of Premier League title rivals.
With City hosting Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, beating Chelsea showed the enviable depth of resources available at Manuel Pellegrini's disposal.
Jovetic, who is only City's fourth-choice striker despite being signed last year at a cost of 24 million pounds (US$40 million), first came close when he struck the crossbar from the rebound after goalkeeper Petr Cech fumbled Yaya Toure's strike.
Jovetic hit the woodwork again in the 16th minute but this time the ball went over the line as City ripped through a Chelsea defense missing captain John Terry.