Five things we learnt from Chelsea vs Manchester City

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Chelsea thrashed Manchester City 5-1 at Stamford Bridge to advance to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Diego Costa headed Chelsea into the lead off the end of an Eden Hazard cross, before youngster David Faupala leveled the score for City before half-time. After the break, it was all Chelsea, as Willian, Hazard, Gary Cahill, and Bertrand Traore all scored to help the Blues win the game convincingly.

Here are five things we've learnt from today's game. 


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Man City's Cup Priorities

City manager Manuel Pellegrini has set his priorities for the rest of the season with the squad he picked to face Chelsea. With Raheem Sterling, Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany on the bench, The Citizens played a youthful squad against a Blues side that was close to full strength.

Fielding the inexperienced squad was a risky move, but they put up a fair fight until the second half. It's obvious City's cup priorities are now the Champions League and the Premier League, with first team players being rest for those games. They look ahead now towards Dynamo Kiev.

City's Promising Youth

A few City players shined despite the loss. David Faupala and Aleix Garcia looked comfortable against Chelsea, with the former nutmegging Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic within the first five minutes of play before he went on and scored the opening goal for the Citizens.

Sadly for City, the inexperience showed in the second half, and as Chelsea kept on scoring, it quickly became men versus boys.

Hazard delivers the goods

He may not have shown his quality in every game so far this season for Chelsea, but there was no question his presence was felt at Stamford Bridge today.

The Belgian provided two assists today for Diego Costa in the first half and Willian in the second, and then scored one himself from a free kick which sailed into the bottom right corner of Willy Caballero's goal. A man of the match style performance.

This is the kind of form Chelsea fans wanted from Hazard. They'll be hoping it carries on into the Premier League and Champions League for the remainder of the season.

Guus Hiddink aiming for another FA Cup

Chelsea fielded a strong squad straight from kick off, with no rest for Diego Costa, Hazard and co. after their midweek loss to PSG in the Champions League.

No signs of tiredness showed, as throughout the second half, the Blues played much stronger than their Manchester-based opponents, scoring a total of five goals. Substitute Oscar and Traore even came on and got involved in the action, linking up together to score Chelsea's fifth goal of the day. 

After playing a strong squad against MK Dons in the previous round as well, it's clear Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink wants to do everything he can to repeat the success he had last time he was the interim boss at the club in 2009 and win the FA Cup once more.

Poor Caballero

Willy Caballero's poor performance shows why he will never be able to dethrone Hart from the starting goalkeeper spot in the City squad. 

The 34-year-old was simply unconvincing and all over the place for the majority of the match, and the Oscar penalty save was the only decent thing he did. Don't expect him to start again for the Citizens anytime soon.

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