It’s Reds vs Blues in FA Cup final

And the Blues are out for revenge




African News Agency


CHELSEA are out for revenge when they meet Liverpool in tomorrow’s 5.45pm FA Cup final. The Wembley showdown is a repeat of February’s League Cup final, which the Reds won 11-10 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes of drama. And one man who is desperate for some “payback” is Blues midfielder Mason Mount. After bagging a goal in their 2-0 FA Cup semifinal win over Crystal Palace, he said: “It’s definitely time for us to win a final at Wembley. Now it’s time to get our payback.” Indeed, the Blues will be desperate not to miss out again after losing their last four visits to Wembley – including FA Cup finals to Leicester last year and Arsenal the year before. Of the big match, Blues coach Thomas Tuchel says: “The League Cup final at Wembley [against Liverpool] was a fantastic game for both teams and we needed 22 penalties to find a winner. The home match against them in the league was a great match, when we came back to draw 2-2, and the 1-1 draw earlier in the season was also a brilliant game. “So there is a record of very, very close games between these two sides and that should give us courage and also give us a clear picture of what is needed, physically, mentally, in every sense, to win. To say it out loud – we need everything to be at its highest level.” Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara says they will forget about the League Cup triumph as they look to double their trophy haul this term. He says: “It’s a new game. [We] understand that we are playing against one of the best teams in the world and we know it will be tight, we know it’s always difficult.”