Manchester City’s attempt to win successive FA Cups came to a shattering end after a shocking FA Cup semi-final exit to Arsenal. The Cityzens are stuck with an advance booking at the Hilton Hotel near Wembley.
After securing the League Cup for the last three years and last year’s FA Cup, Manchester City have made the Wembley stadium their second home of sorts.
The club are used to stay at the Hilton hotel during their Wembley trips for the domestic cup semi-finals and finals. As usual, this time around the side booked the hotel for the team during the FA Cup semi-final visit and went on to book a reservation for the final as well in advance.
Things did not go according to the plan as the club from the North-West failed to win their semi-final encounter. Manchester City are expected to retain their reservations for their next trip to Wembley due to their impeccable relationship with the hotel.
One way out for City is to transfer the booking to another team, but since the finalists Chelsea and Arsenal hail from London, they are likely to use the same reservations booked with their hotel for the semi-finals.
Last year a Manchester City represntative had claimed:
“There is an understanding they [Man City] get first pick on the hotel for any domestic cups. They have already got things sorted for next year.”
How it all fell apart for Manchester City?
After dominating the domestic circuit last year by claiming all the possible trophies, Manchester City were undoubtedly in contention this season as well.
While the club lagged in the Premier League title race, their pursuit for the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup were brimming with optimism.
The team secured their third consecutive league cup with a win over Aston Villa. The Cityzens were expected to cruise in the FA Cup as well after drawing a struggling Arsenal in the semi-finals.
However, a disciplined performance by the Gunners shocked Guardiola and co. and set up a London derby in the final for the second time in four years after Chelsea secured their berth as well with a 3-1 win over Manchester United. The FA Cup final will take place at Wembley on June 1.