Chelsea’s victory in the final of the FA Cup will allow them to save their season from an early demise, but there is still much uncertainty. With no new owner on board and questions about who will be at the helm next year, this may not have been Chelsea FC we were watching for most of this season.
The “fa cup final” is a football match that will be held on Saturday, May 27th. Chelsea has reached the final after defeating Manchester United in the semi-finals. The game will decide which team wins the FA Cup and with it, a season derailed by uncertainty and ownership drama.
LONDON, United Kingdom — The most tumultuous season in Chelsea’s modern history might conclude the same way so many others have: with a title.
Chelsea will face Liverpool in the FA Cup final on May 14 after defeating Crystal Palace 2-0 in the second semifinal on Sunday, thanks to goals from substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount. By then, they could even have a new owner.
Raine Group, a New York-based merchant bank, is scheduled to choose the preferred bidder from a shortlist of four in the coming days. The Premier League will complete the required ownership tests after the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has approved the selected party; chief executive Richard Masters has said that the previous record was 10 days, “but that’s not to suggest that record cannot be surpassed.”
Chelsea’s first piece of trophy in the post-Roman Abramovich era might therefore arrive as soon as possible, capping a very uncertain two-and-a-half-month period that started with Chelsea’s previous visit to Wembley, a Carabao Cup final loss to (coincidentally) Liverpool in February.
The fact that they have this chance is a tribute to Thomas Tuchel’s management of a season in which Chelsea won their 54th game in all competitions on Sunday. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, has only played 37 games thus far.
Palace’s expectations are palpably lower, considering this was just their second FA Cup semifinal since 1995, and Tuchel has a far deeper team as a consequence. Chelsea, on the other hand, has had to deal with an unprecedented period since Abramovich intimated that his ownership may be changing before UK government penalties hampered the club’s ability to function normally. Travel arrangements were disrupted, contract negotiations were halted, and the club store was shuttered.
The night before meeting Liverpool in February, Abramovich made his first statement, hoping to avert a sale by transferring “stewardship and care” of the club to Chelsea’s charity foundation trustees. Chelsea went on to lose 11-10 on penalties following a 0-0 stalemate. Chelsea will now meet Liverpool once again, perhaps with their ownership problems behind them.
“As you know, we gave it our all in that final, and it was a tremendous match that went down to the very last penalty,” Tuchel said after Sunday’s semifinal. “Of course, we were unfortunate and ended up losing.”
“We want to make a difference.” We won’t get the Carabao championship back, but we’re still here. We were here in the FA Cup final last season, and we’re here again this season, which means a lot to us because the FA Cup is the most prestigious, and maybe the most traditional, cup in the world, and it’s contested at Wembley.
“There aren’t many larger games to participate in. That is why we are thankful, and we will be well-prepared since we will be playing against one of the best teams in the world, with amazing results. We’ll do all we can to make their lives difficult.”
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Tuchel has reached his sixth final with Chelsea in only 15 months since replacing Frank Lampard as manager. After losing to Arsenal in 2020 under Lampard and Leicester City last year, this will be Chelsea’s third FA Cup final in a succession, enhancing the sensation of the club going full circle.
“Having this enormous final at the end of the season is huge because it gives you this excitement of having something waiting for you,” Tuchel said. “Right now, it’s not just the league, which is difficult enough, but you have another final, which gives you a lot of confidence and is a tremendous emotional lift.”
“All we can do now is prepare carefully since it will be another tough struggle considering Liverpool’s talent and recent record; it is extraordinarily impossible to overcome them,” Tuchel remarked. “However, this is what a cup final is all about: winning. We need to figure out a strategy to defeat them.”
Chelsea always manages to find a way. They have a second opportunity today, possibly at the start of a new age.
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