Chelsea are back in the FA Cup final for the fourth time in the last five seasons — Wembley, our second home after all — and will surely have a great chance of winning it (for the second time in the span) after already overcoming the best team in England, and perhaps all of Europe, in order to get there.
Manchester City have been nigh on impossible to beat since November, but Chelsea not only crushed their dreams of an unprecedented quadruple, we did so by outplaying them for large stretches, and restricting them to practically zero threat on our goal. Kepa Arrizabalaga had hardly had a save to make, let alone have to do anything extraordinary.
Of course, a team as good as City will always have their moments of quality as well, but Chelsea had the better of play in every phase, and on the scoreboard as well, which is only where it counts ultimately. Thomas Tuchel, who had not beaten Guardiola in five previous tries, was obviously quite pleased with it all.
“It was a very, very strong performance. Very happy and proud.
“We played an excellent 35 minutes in the first half. We had to suffer for 10 minutes. We then played another 30 minutes so strong and got the lead, could have got another. It was a very strong performance and I am very proud of my team. Very happy they performed to this level today. I am happy. Everybody who is on the pitch needs to perform.
“A good defence is also having the ball and ball possession. It is a very good clean sheet. We were not lucky to escape with a clean sheet, we worked hard for it. The guys are ready to cover for each other if anyone loses a duel. We wanted to be brave today with the ball and against the ball and we did it. So happy.”
“It feels fantastic because we were playing the best team in Europe right now and we managed to close the gap for 90 minutes [...] It is so hard against City, you have to be on your top level. It was a quality performance.”
-Thomas Tuchel; source: BBC
That’s four counts of “happy” and two counts of “proud”, with a heavy dose of strong, plus a bit of brave and hard work — and that’s without mentioning the crucial bits of attacking quality that we saw with a goal, two offside goals, and one from Ziyech that really should’ve been a goal.
Happy and proud. So say we all.