Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace: FA Cup semi-last – because it came about - The Guardian

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Chelsea’s Mount breaks Palace hearts to cozy FA Cup last clash with Liverpool

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Thomas Tuchel’s verdict

“It’s been a really challenging week physically and mentally. The performance changed into very controlled, very severe. We took very good care of their counter-assaults. It changed into the kind of fit the place, possibly if you lose 1-0 from a group-piece, you have the feeling, ‘Did we invest ample?’ nevertheless it’s very challenging to make investments because the opponent is prepared, they played a new device, they modified equipment twice. It’s very, very hard and you can't lose focus for one second. And in case you win the game you say, ‘We had been very affected person and extremely controlled’, and we had been.

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek changed into awesome. He became very, very potent in opposition t Southampton and Madrid and would have deserved to birth, however honestly we expected a back four and we wanted extra of a traditional wing-back position. We additionally wanted Azpi on the field as our captain, but we knew Ruben could make an have an effect on from the bench. We’re very chuffed with him for the time being. he's always like this in practicing but on occasion he has hidden his knowledge in suits.

“I’m happy to be part of a different FA Cup closing. It’s a major competitors; I’m very grateful and we should be capable.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s post-in shape strategies

“It’s been a tricky highway for me, with accidents and going out on personal loan. but I all the time wanted to play for Chelsea and i’ve played somewhat a whole lot this season so I’m satisfied. I consider the purpose took a bit deflection, however I’ll take it! The noise was fabulous and that i’m extremely joyful.

“It appeared slightly gradual in the first half so i wished to deliver just a little of energy. The reason why I’m still here is because of my mentality regardless of the entire injuries â€" I preserve going no count number what, and that i’ve pointed out for decades that my time would come.

“We need to get Liverpool returned, primary as that. i believed the Carabao Cup closing was a good looking game that could have long past either manner. We’re looking forward to it, and hopefully we’ll get our revenge.”

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“So it’s Chelsea vs Liverpool once more,” writes Bilal. “How often has it took place that the same teams have contested the League and FA Cup finals within the same season?”

The last time it took place, and that i feel the best time, became when Arsenal beat Sheffield Wednesday in each finals in 1992-ninety three.

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Full time: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Peep peep! Chelsea will play Liverpool in subsequent month’s FA Cup last after a tough-fought win over Crystal Palace. After a quiet, attritional first hour, the exchange Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave Chelsea the lead after a mistake from Tyrick Mitchell. Mason Mount’s stylish second goal ensured that Chelsea reached the FA Cup closing for the fifth time in six seasons. Palace can have no complaints, however nor should they have got any regrets.

Chelsea train Thomas Tuchel congratulates Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the conclusion of the in shape. picture: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty photos Conor Gallagher embraces Marc Guehi of Crystal Palace after their sides defeat. graphic: Michael Regan/The FA/Getty photos

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ninety min: Lukaku hits the put up! Werner scurries into the enviornment on the left and places it on a plate for Lukaku, who come what may hits the submit from seven yards. Ziyech’s comply with-up is blocked desperately on the line, I consider by using Guehi.

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89 min The participant of the healthy is Timo Werner, who made the 2nd purpose and afflicted Palace all day with his stream.

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88 min The fit is really fizzling out. Palace have given every thing however Chelsea are heading for yet one more FA Cup last.

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85 min in the meantime, Palace deliver on Luka Milivojevic for Cheikhou Kouyate. And Rudiger goes to proceed.

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84 min Rudiger is down with what feels like a thigh or groin difficulty. Chelsea have used all 5 substitutions, though they are going to get a sixth if this goes to additional-time.

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eighty two min Chelsea make their fifth substitution - Thiago Silva comes on for Andreas Christensen.

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seventy eight min: What a chance for Andersen! Palace may still be returned in it. Olise’s inswinging corner from the appropriate changed into helped on with the aid of Ayew, and looped towards the unmarked Andersen past the some distance post. but he jumped too early and headed over the bar from four yards.

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77 min A triple exchange for Chelsea: N’Golo Kante, Hakim Ziyech and Romelu Lukaku replace Jorginho, Mount and Havertz.

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Mason Mount has made it 2-0 with a fantastic conclude. Werner, on the left aspect of the area, made the purpose with a pleasant rectangular pass to Mount, simply inside the penalty container. He took it neatly in his stride, escaping Andersen within the process, and opened his physique to sidefoot the ball into the a long way corner. That’s a exceptional goal.

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purpose! Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace (Mount seventy six)

Chelsea may be coming returned to Wembley subsequent month.

Mount of Chelsea scores Chelsea’s second goal. photograph: Justin Setterfield/The FA/Getty photos

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seventy four min Ayew plays a clever pass into the enviornment for Zaha, who takes it away from the outrushing Mendy. The attitude is simply too huge for a shot so he hits a pass on the flip as an alternative, and eventually the attack peters out.

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seventy two min A double trade for Palace: Christian Benteke and Michael Olise substitute James McArthur and Jeffrey Schlupp, so Patrick Vieira is going for it. And why no longer.

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sixty nine min hastily Chelsea have slightly of a strut on. It’s a long manner back from right here for Palace, who have been in counter-attacking mode all afternoon.

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in reality, it took a deflection, no longer that Loftus-Cheek will care. After Mitchell become caught in possession, Havertz’s pass from the correct hit Guehi and bounced in opposition t the fringe of the enviornment. Loftus-Cheek ran onto the ball, twisted his physique and slapped a shot that hit Andersen and flew into the web.

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purpose! Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace (Loftus-Cheek 65)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek offers Chelsea the lead with a sizzling conclude!

Loftus-Cheek celebrates with teammates. photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

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63 min Azpilicueta’s unhealthy pass is headed away well by way of Andersen within the six-yard field. Palace have defened admirably.

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sixty one min: What an opportunity for Palace! Eze’s inswinging corner is shouldered just huge by Kouyate, who mistimed his attempted header. With a clear connection he would probably have scored.

Kouyate heads against aim. image: James Williamson/AMA/Getty pictures

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60 min Zaha beats Christensen on the right and angles a deep go it really is headed in the back of by means of Azpilicueta.

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60 min “This,” says Ian Copestake, “might go on invariably.”

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59 min Chelsea are fully dominating possession, with around 70 per cent in the healthy, but they still haven’t created a clear possibility. It’s been an attritional game.

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fifty six min It seems like Palace have switched to a three-four-three, with Ayew wide on the appropriate, Eze vast on the left and Zaha the lone striker.

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54 min a change for Palace - Jordan Ayew replaces Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira speaks to Jordan Ayew before he comes on. photo: John Walton/PA

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53 min A Palace free-kick is headed up in the air by using Kouyate and claimed beneath the bar via Mendy.

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51 min Loftus-Cheek takes a return ball from Jorginho and stabs a artful via pass against Werner, who's eased faraway from the ball through Kouyate in the six-yard container. respectable defenduing.

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48 min Chelsea have picked up where they left off at half-time, moving the ball backward and forward in pursuit of an opening. Nothing doing thus far.

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“If Chelsea are the precise home team,” asks Gary Byrne (and others), “why are they donning yellow?”

I don't have any thought. You’re welcome!

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Half time: Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace

Peep peep! a humdrum half involves an end. Chelsea dominated possession, but Palace got here closest to scoring when Cheikhou Kouyate’s volley become pushed away by Edouard Mendy. See you in 15 minutes for the 2d half.

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42 min more importantly for Palace, at this stage, they have appeared basically strong defensively. The simplest saves Jack Butland has needed to make were exceedingly relaxed.

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40 min There were some promising breaks from Palace, usually involving Zaha, but their closing circulate has both been unwell-conceived or poorly done.

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39 min “In closing 12 months’s last tactics Tom did identical stuff with James at centreback to counter the threat of Vardy and that didn’t work,” says Yash Gupta. “Plus this positional change took away attacking impetus from Chelsea’s correct-hand facet. If anything else Palace have an honest chance.”

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38 min Havertz is booked for diving in the Crystal Palace enviornment after a challenge from Guehi. Chelsea wanted a penalty but replays confirmed it was a brilliant and brave choice from Taylor.

Kai Havertz goes down unchallenged within the area. graphic: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty pictures Havertz is proven a yellow card by means of referee Anthony Taylor for simulation. picture: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian


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38 min “This,” says Joe Pearson, “is not practically as fun as the day prior to this’s semi.”

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