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Sai Ravi Teja Pingali, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Manchester City manager Pellegrini surprised everyone when he started with six teenagers at Stamford Bridge for their round of 16 FA Cup tie.Why did he start such a young team against one of their rivals? or Is FA Cup not really that important?
The first is what the performances actually means given the context, particularly Chelsea’s ongoing resurgence. The second is how justifiable Pellegrini’s decisions were, and the third is about the relevance of the FA Cup itself whether it has long been “devalued” beyond the point of any return.
The irony to all of this was that City’s six teenage starters actually came out of the game with real credit, especially goal scorer David Faupala. He showed a fine touch in setting up that move to feed Kelechi Iheanacho, and then admirable desire to get in and be first to the return ball to score.