Chelsea come so close yet so far in Europe, but return to glory in the FA Cup as Blues schedule another final with Liverpool on May 14th.
Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.
Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
Heartbreak in Madrid:
As we all know, football can be a cruel game.
Last Tuesday, Chelsea travelled to Madrid looking to turn around a two-goal defeat, which would’ve created history had the Blues of completed the job at the Bernabéu.
It was one of those games where the first goal would be vital, and after 15 minutes Mason Mount fired the visitors ahead.
The Blues were playing the better of the two teams and went into half-time with the lead. The second half begun even for Thomas Tuchel and his side, who doubled their lead on the evening after six minutes through Antonio Rüdiger.
Marcos Alonso later thought he had given Chelsea the lead in the tie, only for VAR to disallow the goal for handball.
With 15 minutes to go, Timo Werner made it 3-0 – making it just a case of seeing the game out.
Alas, this was not to be as Rodrygo made it 3-1 just minutes later. There was still time for Chelsea to create two good chances, but the game went on into extra-time. Almost inevitably, Karim Benzema struck the decisive goal which put Madrid through to the last four of the competition.
Chelsea can be proud of a 3-2 win but it was one mistake too many over the two legs that saw the European Champions lose grip of their current reign.
(credit | BT Sport).
Bouncing Back Against the Eagles:
A trip to Wembley on Easter Sunday for a 4.30 kick-off was next up for Chelsea, who they attempted to make their 16th FA Cup final with a victory over a determined Crystal Palace.
The first half was a dour, lacklustre affair played between two sides that were afraid to give anything away. Thomas Tuchel again worked his magic at the break and Chelsea started the second half brighter before taking the lead on 56th minute.
Substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored in front of the Chelsea fans, which also would’ve hurt Palace fans given the midfielder spent a season on loan with the Eagles in the 2017-18 campaign.
The Blues then continued to dominate the second half, before then doubling their lead with 14 minutes left through Mason Mount.
Although Crystal Palace created a couple of good chances, it was Romelu Lukaku who should have got the third goal when he struck the post from close range. The Blues saw the game out and will be back at Wembley on the 14th of May to take on Liverpool in yet another FA Cup final.
(credit | BBC Sport).
Midweek Against Arsenal:
After two massive cup games, the European Champions will return back to Premier League action with the rearranged fixture against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
With the Gunners fighting for fourth place, both sides will be looking for a vital three points in what will be the 170thcleague game between the two sides. Chelsea have a much better home record against their North London rivals, winning 31 of the 84 previously played games.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will be looking to complete a league double after a 2-0 win earlier in the season.
Seeking Revenge on the Hammers:
In the second London derby in five days, West Ham will travel across London on Sunday afternoon for the game at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will be looking to avenge the defeat from earlier in the season and history says that they have a great chance of doing this. In the previous 52 home league games, the mighty Blues have won 27, scoring an impressive 94 goals whilst conceding just 66.
However, as we all know following Chelsea is not always easy and the Hammers will be looking for another big three points over their London rivals.