.Zooms into FA Cup final
By George Aluo
Chelsea yesterday landed in the FA Cup final after recording a 4-2 victory over Tottenham, thus keeping her dream of winning a double alive.
The Blues are leading the EPL log and as things stand, the Antonio Conte tutored side could end up smiling home with both the FA Cup and the EPL title.
Nemanja Matic’s stunning strike was what sealed victory for Chelsea in the thrilling encounter decided at the Wembley.
It was a ruthlessly efficient display of finishing from the Blues at the Wembley which has been the scene of nothing but misery for Spurs this season, having faltered under the arch in their failed Champions and Europa League campaigns.
Conte – whose name adorned a banner trailing a light aircraft flown over the stadium – sprung a surprise when he left Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench, but Willian made the most of his inclusion with a fourth-minute free-kick and a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Spurs had twice fought back with Harry Kane’s stooping flicked header from Christian Eriksen’s pinpoint delivery, the Dane then teeing up Dele Alli to make it 2-2 in the 52nd minute.
It was Mauricio Pochettino’s side who were forcing the issue and looking the more likely to win it, but Conte called on Hazard and Costa from the bench, with the Belgium international’s low strike putting Chelsea ahead once more inside the final 15 minutes.
The Blues saved the best until last, Matic’s thunderous drive bouncing in off the crossbar to put Chelsea into the final.
With yesterday’s defeat, Tottenham may have been dealt a big psychological blow in the EPL race where they trail the Blues by four points with six games left.
Source : SunOnline
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