Tuchel ‘ecstatic’ as Chelsea set up FA Cup final against Liverpool

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he is ‘very proud’ to reach his second FA Cup final in as many seasons

Tuchel’s team defeated Crystal Palace in the competition’s semi-finals on Sunday afternoon, with second-half goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount putting them over the top after a shaky start.

Thomas Tuchel’s team had gone into the game fresh off a Champions League loss to Real Madrid, having played 120 minutes in the Bernabeu on Wednesday evening, which may have contributed to a lethargic and mostly disappointing first half in the Wembley sunlight.

The win sets up a clash with Liverpool on Saturday 14 May, after the Reds defeated Manchester City 3-2 on Saturday. The two teams will face in a domestic final for the second time this season, with the Reds winning the Carabao Cup on penalties against Chelsea in February.

“I’m happy to be part of it again. I could not be more excited, more proud, because it’s a huge competition and to play another final at Wembley, I am very grateful. We will be ready.” said the Chelsea boss.

The German singled out Loftus-Cheek, who ignited the game with a spectacular first-half goal.

“We knew we had Ruben with a big impact from the bench and I’m very happy with him at the moment.


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