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Martin Keown, former Arsenal defender, believes the Fa Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United will be very thrilling and both managers have different reasons to try to lift the trophy at Wembley.

We are in for a cracking final. There is so much at stake for these two managers,” Keown told the Daily Mail. Jose Mourinho likes to count his trophies and point to his success. ‘Antonio Conte, on the other hand, is yet to win a domestic cup competition having lost last year’s FA Cup final and the final of the 2012 Coppa Italia with Juventus. ‘His team won 30 of their 38 league games last season but for some reason he is yet to find a way to be successful in one-off showpieces. ‘If this is to be Conte’s final game in charge at Chelsea, he will want to go out a winner. A Premier League and an FA Cup in two years would be a very good return. During Chelsea’s semi-final with Southampton, Conte did not sit down for the whole match. There is still plenty of fight left in him. ‘Eden Hazard was electric against Southampton and in Alexis Sanchez, United have a player who scores at Wembley every time he plays there. ‘I just hope that this final does not become a tactical war of attrition. I would like to think the brilliance of the individuals on show will shine through.”

 

 

 

 

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Alvaro Morata scored a crucial goal as Chelsea cruised to comfortable 2-0 win at Wembley Stadium against Southampton. The Spaniard told the club’s official TV: “It was a very good match. I could have scored another goal at the last moment, I was a little bit unlucky but we are in the final and that’s the most important thing, we are happy”.

“I always say thanks to Azpi because this year he knows where I want the ball and it’s great to have all of the assists from him.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, believes it is very difficult for the Blues to qualify for the next Champions League, as Tottenham and Liverpool are very good teams and it’s unlikely they will drop a lot of points in their last Premier League‘s games.

I mean, I am not being negative by any stretch, but the games are running out and the teams in there are very good, so if they do let it up it’ll be very, very surprising,” Cahill said after the Fa Cup semifinal vs Southampton“(There is) that gap and the point difference, but the obvious thing is all we can do is win our games. We got a decent result at Burnley and we just need to keep winning.”

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Alvaro Morata scored a crucial goal in FA Cup semi-final win against Southampton today.

The Spaniard was full of praise towards Chelsea fans on Twitter: “We are in the final!”

“I am very happy for the qualification and for my goal! Thank you very much for all your support!”

 

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During the press conference after the win of the semi-finals of the FA Cup against Southampton, Antonio Conte explains all his happiness for this results, a gift to Blues’ supporters for this season. Despite next and last step is Manchester United, hard opponent, Conte is proud about this final.

‘The most important thing in this type of game is to reach your target, in this case the final of this competition,’

‘It’s very important for the players, for the club and especially for our fans. I’m delighted for them. Always this season they showed great passion and pushed us in every moment, difficult moments and positive moments’

‘This final will be a game between two great teams. Last season we arrived in the final as favourites; this season we will arrive not as favourites, but last season we lost the final despite being favourites at that moment.’

The game was solved in the second half thanks Oliver Giroud and Alvaro Morata, who substituted Giroud two minutes before go in goal.

I knew we had to play against three central defenders who are very strong physically, so I decided to start with Olivier, but when Morata came on his impact was impressive, in the same way as Pedro and Bakayoko’s impact was.’

About Giroud: ‘He has been a good signing for us, for sure. I needed a player with his characteristics: strong physically, able to hold the ball up allow our no.10 to make combinations with him’.

About Morata: ‘He is an important striker. He is younger than Olivier and has less experience. He is less strong physically, but he is very fast to attack the space. I’m pleased for both of them.’

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Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud secured Chelsea a comfortable 2-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

The Blues will face Manchester United in the final clash of competition as Red Devils have beaten Tottenham Hotspur yesterday evening.

Antonio Conte’s men will need just one more step to lift the title on 19th May at Wembley Stadium, where they lost against Arsenal in 2017

More to follow…

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CHELSEA – Caballero; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Emerson; Willian, Giroud, Hazard.

Subs: Eduardo, Christensen, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Barkley, Pedro, Morata.

Manager: Antonio Conte

SOUTHAMPTON – McCarthy, Cédric, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bednarek, Bertrand (c), Romeu, Højbjerg, Lemina, Austin, Long.

Subs: Forster, McQueen, Tadić, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Carrillo.

Manager: Mark Hughes

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Kick-off: 3PM BST

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Alvaro Morata had an outburst after his substitution in the 71st minute following Victor Moses’ winner at Turf Moor on Thursday night.

The Spaniard had a promising start of the season with Chelsea, with 9 goals in the first 8 games, but then he was unable to maintain a same level.

Up to now, he’s got a score of 11 goals netted in 28 games.

Speaking to his pre-match media conference ahead of FA Cup semifinal against Southampton, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said:

“Alvaro must be angry because when you have a chance to score, you have to score, especially for a striker.

“A lot of the time scoring changes your confidence. I think he was very angry with himself for this chance he missed, but I have to look at his whole performance and I am very happy even if he didn’t score.”

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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson, now a pundit at Sky Sports, is backing Chelsea to beat Southampton in tomorrow’s FA Cup semifinal and secure their place in final.

“It’s harder for Southampton to win the FA Cup now than it would be at the third-round stage. Seriously,” Merson claimed.

“You could win this FA Cup by not playing a strong side, but now they’ve got to beat two top teams – and they’re in the bottom three.

“They could near-on be relegated by the time they’re playing on Sunday. You have to go for it at Wembley, you might as well. If someone said you’ll get relegated but win the FA Cup I think the fans would take that. It’s not nice watching a team every week that don’t win, so why not give it a go.

“I think Southampton can bounce back if they go down, but I might be wrong. I’m going to have to go for a Chelsea win.”

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Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta claims the recent comeback win at St. Mary’s has helped the team’s confidence and can boost them in the Champions League spot race in these last fixtures:

“It can definitely act as a springboard for us to kick on and really believe that we can qualify for the Champions League.

Tottenham drew with Brighton on Tuesday so now we have a great opportunity to close the gap. We still believe and obviously the win against Southampton has helped that.

“It’s definitely a very important match against Burnley, we can’t afford to lose any more games between now and the end of the season.

“It’s fundamental that we win if we are to have a chance of reaching our target of qualifying for the Champions League.”

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