Another Wembley penalty shoot-out ended in heartbreak for Tuchel’s men, who have now lost three consecutive FA Cup finals.
Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.
Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
Chelsea travelled to Elland Road last Wednesday with most Blues fans well aware of the importance of victory, especially with both Arsenal and Spurs continuing to put pressure on the top four position.
The game with Leeds was played just days before the FA Cup final with Thomas Tuchel hoping that everyone got through unscathed. Chelsea took the lead early through Mason Mount who converted a good finish from the edge of the box. The London club then lost midfielder Mateo Kovačić to an ankle injury following a reckless challenge from Dan James that correctly saw red for.
Chelsea remained composed however and stayed in control of the game. The visitors then added to their lead with second half goals coming from Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku.
The final score of 3-0 was a fair reflection of the game and put more pressure on a Leeds side looking to avoid relegation.
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Victory and Defeat at Wembley:
The FA Cup final to celebrate 150 years was set up perfectly. Proper cup final weather, North vs South, blue (well yellow) vs red and two sides that had played three times this year with only a penalty shoot-out to split them.
Liverpool started the game the much stronger side whilst Chelsea were forced to hang in there for the first 20 minutes. As the half went on, the Blues grew more and more into the game with both sides having good chances to break the deadlock before the break.
The second half started in opposite fashion to the first as it was Chelsea that made all the running but couldn’t convert possession into goals. Liverpool finished the game strongly but like the League Cup final, it finished 0-0 after 90 minutes. Extra-time was a nervy affair and with changes being made (no Kepa this time), the game went to penalties. Surely it couldn’t happen again.
This time Chelsea were up first and in front of the Blues fans they missed the second spot kick. Both sides then converted the remaining penalties before it was left to Sadio Mané to take on his international team mate Édoaurd Mendy to win the cup. However, Mendy won the battle to keep Chelsea’s hopes alive.
Mason Mount stepped up for penalty seVen and he had the dreaded ;JT moment', seeing his kicked saved.
Unfortunately this time Mendy couldn’t save the Blues and Chelsea became the first side to lose three consecutive FA Cup finals. The Blues matched Liverpool in all four games this season but it was just not meant to be.
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On the Sunday, Chelsea Women took on Manchester City in the hopes of winning the FA Cup for the fourth time.
The Blues were leading 2-1 heading into the dying moments, but conceded in the 89th with Hayley Raso scoring the all-important equaliser.
With the game then rolling on into extra-time, Sam Kerr prevented yet another penalty shoot-out by netting her second on the 99th minute. Emma Hayes side then saw the job out - clinching the trophy for the second successive season.
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Foxes at Home:
Brendan Rogers brings his Leicester side to Stamford Bridge for yet another rearranged game. Last season, Chelsea beat Thursday’s opponents 2-1 and have a decent record against the Foxes. In the game earlier in the season, Chelsea were firing on all cylinders as they cruised to a 3-0 victory.
The final game of the 2021/2022 season sees an already relegated Watford side come to Stamford Bridge. This has been a strange league season for the Blues and after promising so much it has slowly but surely faltered its way to the end.
The last time that this fixture took place Chelsea won comfortably by a 3-0 scoreline.