Chelsea should be happy Sergio Aguero is not banned, it's good news

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has escaped retrospective action after his late lunge on Chelsea's David Luiz.

Ashley Cole reacted with outrage to the news the FA would not be pursuing action against Sergio Aguero for this challenge on David Luiz in yesterday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley; tweeting: "REALLY? #wow"

Luiz had himself called on Aguero to apologise for the tackle, one which has not been forthcoming, publicly at least.

Due to the fact Chris Foy gave a free-kick and did not award any further punishment, the FA's convoluted rules prevented them from taking further action, in a similar fashion to the farce involving Callum McManaman and Massadio Haidara of Wigan and Newcastle last month.

But before Chelsea fans get angry about 'another' piece of FA-related bad news against their club, they should look at the long-game and actually ask if it really is bad news.

For it is actually good news for Chelsea that Sergio Aguero will not pick up a ban, setting aside the whole principle of justice being seen to be done for a moment.

The reason being; is that Manchester City's next match is against Tottenham Hotspur, a club who the Blues are competing against along with Arsenal for two spots in the top four, but three into two simply do not go.

With one side bound to miss out, Chelsea need every advantage they can get at present, and that means Sergio Aguero being in the Manchester City starting line-up against Spurs this weekend.

Had he been banned, he would have missed the match, but really that is not what Chelsea need.

Obviously they need to look after themselves and win their own games, but they also need their rivals to drop points to make the task easier and lighten the pressure.

Aguero is in top form having hit winners over Manchester United and Chelsea in the past week, and he is a dynamic goal threat Spurs would rather do without facing, having scored on his only previous appearance at White Hart Lane.

Yes, Aguero really should have been banned and the FA's regulations are ridiculous, but Chelsea supporters should not be too angry about it, for it may just have worked out for the best for them, providing Aguero does the business against Spurs this Sunday.

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