• Pierce O'Malley

FA CUP FINAL BOUND

What a performance! Absolutely outstanding from Chelsea as they put three past Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final. The Blues controlled every aspect of the game and as Frank Lampard said in his post-match interview, "I could go through the whole team. Very proud, very proud". Indeed, this Chelsea squad should be extremely happy with themselves after defeating an excellent Manchester United team.


The first half was all Chelsea, right from the first whistle the Blues were in control of the game making strong passes all around the pitch. Giroud was Chelsea's main focus of attack early on as players were passing and chipping balls to the Frenchman in hopes of other players to work off of him. Reece James's excellent strike from twenty-five yards out was the first real sign of Chelsea trying to take control of this game.


The midfield duo of Kovacic and Jorginho showed just how strong they are as both of them put on a fantastic performance in dominating the middle of the park. As well as the midfield having a standout game, both Marcos Alonso and Reece James put in a clinic on the wings with Reece playing exceptional balls into the box and Alonso bombing forward causing chaos for Wan Bissaka and co.


Chelsea's first goal of the match came from Giroud after a great cross from Azpilicueta was hit low and hard into the United penalty area. Giroud was able to just edge in front of Victor Lindelof and tap it into the back of the net. While De Gea did get a slight touch on the ball, it wasn't enough to stop the inevitable as Chelsea went into the break up 1-0.


The second half started just as the first did with Chelsea dominating possession and keeping Manchester United on their toes as they tried to get this game back on track. Unfortunately for Manchester United, it was Mason Mount who hit the ball outside of the box and made it 2-1 in the forty-sixth minute.


This was another poor attempt from De Gea who could've easily parried it wide of the United goal but did not have enough power on the save and let it deflect into the back of the net. With only a minute of football played in the second half, Chelse were up 2-0.


Chelsea's third and final goal of the match came from Antonio Rudiger who was still up the pitch after the Chelsea corner. The ball was played out to the left side of the United area where Marcos Alonso drilled in a low cross for Rudiger to finish it home like a striker. The Germany international's unnatural goal-scoring prowess paid off here as no other Chelsea player was in the area with him. However, the goal was counted as an own goal on Harry Maguire as the Blues were up 3-0 in the seventy-fourth minute.


Manchester United's only goal of the match came from a penalty kick taken by Bruno Fernandes. The penalty was awarded as substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi made a lazy tackle in the Chelsea penalty area only for the in-form midfielder to make it 3-1 in the eighty-fifth minute.


This Chelsea win has ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 19 match unbeaten run as well as Chelsea getting revenge for the three other losses sustained earlier this season.


Chelsea head to the FA Cup Final where they will face London rivals Arsenal!


Player Ratings:

Willy Caballero: 7.3

Antonio Rudiger: 7.2

Kurt Zouma: 7.4

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7.6

Marcos Alonso: 7.8

Mateo Kovacic: 8.1

Jorginho: 7.1

Reece James: 8.2

Mason Mount: 8.4

Olivier Giroud: 8.6

Willian: 7.7


Substitutes:

Tammy Abraham [80']: 6.6

Callum Hudson-Odoi [80']: 4.6

Ruben Loftus-Cheek [86']: 6.8

Pedro [90']: Not enough playing time for a match rating


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