The quest for silverware on two fronts continues as the Blues booked an FA Cup final date in May by emerging victorious in a game of six goals at Wembley.
Willian struck twice in the first half from a free-kick and a penalty but saw both goals cancelled out courtesy of Harry Kane and Dele Alli either side of the interval. With the scores level going into the final 15 minutes, our impact from the bench made the difference, Cesc Fabregas’s corner findingEden Hazard and Hazard finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Nemanja Matic then fired into the top corner from distance to give us breathing space and ensure our return to north London for the final next month.
Antonio Conte made five changes to the side that lined up at Old Trafford last weekend. Thibaut Courtois returned in goal having recovered from an ankle injury while Nathan Ake made his third FA Cup start of the season in place of Gary Cahill, who missed out with illness.
Ake lined up alongside David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta, the latter wearing the captain’s armband for the first time and leading the Blues out at Wembley. Michy Batshuayi and Willian replacedDiego Costa and Eden Hazard, who started on the bench.
STORY BY: James Boakye-Agyeman