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The lure of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time will weigh

heavily on Manuel Pellegrini’s mind as Manchester City and Chelsea prepare for a

heavyweight FA Cup fifth-round clash on Sunday.

With City flying to Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev just 24 hours after Sunday’s

showdown with Chelsea, the FA Cup tie could not have come at a worse time for

Pellegrini, who is reluctant to field his strongest side.

“I think it (the FA Cup) is a serious competition and not a competition you can throw

away,” said the Chilean, whose side were beaten at home by the Premier League’s

top two, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur, in their last two matches.

Holders Arsenal will take on second tier Hull City on Saturday as they try to take

another step towards becoming the first club since Blackburn Rovers in 1886 to win

the FA Cup three years in a row.

Jeriah Udi

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