I spotted what Jack Grealish did in tunnel at half-time vs Chelsea but his warning fell on deaf ears

Jack Grealish was left fuming by Chelsea's actions in the first-half
Jack Grealish was left fuming by Chelsea's actions in the first-half -Credit:Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City have reached the FA Cup final for a second consecutive season and for the third time in six years.

The Blues might no longer be going for the Treble, but they can see the campaign out with a magnificent domestic double and have taken a huge step towards that goal in Saturday's FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

A frustrating game was quelled in the 84th minute when Bernardo Silva’s effort deflected into the net to sink Mauricio Pochettino, whose side had several brilliant scoring chances. However, City are just a game away from successfully defending their crown, with either Championship club Coventry City or rivals Manchester United - who they faced last season - to play in the final.

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Here are several things fans may have missed during the match.

Grealish aggrieved

Jack Grealish was forced off with injury in the second half after Nicolas Jackson clumsily clattered into the winger. He was mightily upset with the challenge and let the assistant referee know while he was treated on the deck.

After he was brought off, he continued his outpouring of frustrations and confronted the fourth official with his sense of injustice after Jackson went unpunished.

Grealish was also unhappy in the first half with the forceful fouls made on him and unfurled his annoyance at the officials in the tunnel. In the end, he may feel his lack of protection led to his withdrawal.

Pep changes his mind?

Bernardo’s goal late in the contest seemed to change Pep Guardiola’s mind when it came to making a substitution. Oscar Bobb was getting ready on the touchline when the Portugal star found the net to send the City half of Wembley wild.

Bernardo initially appeared to be the man who was being replaced but after the goal went in, Julian Alvarez was the man who made way. As the clock ticked past 90, Bernardo gave a thumbs up to the bench, perhaps an indication that there had indeed been a thought to take him off.

Akanji given freedom

City fans are accustomed to seeing John Stones - taken off at half-time - move up through the midfield to join the attack but it seems this is not an exclusive instruction only to him. Manuel Akanji was also seen pounding up the field at times too.

He was located in the box on several instances when the cross came in and almost got on the end of a few. City were quite vulnerable on the break during the match due to their intertwining of positions, something that has been a consequence of their expansive play all season.

De Bruyne digs deep

Kevin De Bruyne was truly box-to-box in this contest, being a presence in the final third and also tracking back, making a number of tackles. He was named man of the match for his tireless work, showing his adaptability as he heads into the twilight years of his career.