Chelsea swept aside a below-strength Manchester City team containing five teenage full debutants to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini warned he would select a shadow side after the game was scheduled for late on Sunday, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.
And he was true to his word as most of City’s big players were missing and defender Tosin Adarabioyo and young midfielders Manu Garcia and Aleix Garcia were selected along with Bersant Celina and David Faupala.
Faupala actually gave City hope when he scrambled in an equaliser, after Diego Costa headed Chelsea in front 10 minutes before half-time.
The leveller was met with several coins being thrown onto the pitch from the Chelsea supporters’ end.
The hosts, however, over-ran City after the break with Willian scoring from close range and Gary Cahill putting the result beyond doubt with a powerful finish from Fernando’s poor clearance.
The excellent Eden Hazard curled in a free-kick and Bertrand Traore’s header looped over dreadful City keeper Willy Caballero to complete an emphatic win for Chelsea, who were even allowed the luxury of seeing Oscar’s penalty saved.