Chelsea beat Tottenham, await Arsenal or Man City in FA Cup final
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 12:56
Chelsea will play either Arsenal or Manchester City in the FA Cup final after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at Wembley Stadium in Saturday's semi-final contest.
But when the pair were introduced in the second half, Hazard responded with the killer third goal before setting up Nemanja Matic for the fourth after Willian's first-half brace had been cancelled out by Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Michy Batshuayi and Willian replaced Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, who started on the bench.
Eden Hazard, right, came off the bench to ensure Chelsea return to Wembley for the FA Cup final.
"I think today was great for football because this semi-final I saw two very strong teams and a really good game, not only for Chelsea but also for Tottenham".
Reaching a first FA Cup final since they last won the competition in 2012 keeps Chelsea on course for the double in Conte's first season in charge.
Pochettino did his best to accentuate the positives of a enterprising display and refused to acknowledge a lack of killer instinct had derailed his side.
Willian, one of two surprise starting XI changes for Chelsea by Antonio Conte, curled in a 5th-minute free-kick to give the Blues the lead.
'I believe it is an exciting team, to fight in that moment and at that level against Chelsea, one of the biggest sides from England, is fantastic, it's a big thing for us.
"But I understand football totally and sometimes you play well and don't win".
'If we play like we played today, we can not be anxious.
And Hazard laid the ball off for Matic in the 80th minute, with the Serbian surprising all present with a thunderous first-time drive that cannoned in off the post to put the result beyond any doubt. We tried and scored.
"The football today doesn't pay what we deserve". We tried to change and find some different options to play and then they scored an unbelievable goal.
Two quick goals by Hazard and Matic gave the Blues victory in a game they were often second-best in. We played really well and showed great character.
Tottenham kept up the pressure and went close with a header from Eric Dier and a curling shot from Eriksen, but they were caught out at the back once again as Son - forced to play an unfamiliar role in place of Ben Davies - fouled Victor Moses in the box.
"It is important to remember we are building a team for the next few years".