Published: 10:22 | 19/4/21

Tuchel happy as Chelsea book FA Cup final date

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel declared himself 'happy and proud' after watching his team secure a place in the FA Cup final for the second year running after beating a lacklustre Man City 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday.

Hakim Ziyech scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half as Chelsea deserved derailed a strangely subdued City's quadruple ambitions.

The Londoners will now play Leicester City in the decider on May 15th after the Foxes beat Southampton 1-0 in the other semi-final.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel, who earlier in the week had said his side would be pushing City for Premier League honours next season, couldn't hide his delight.

 “If you play against Pep (Guardiola) you know that you play against the highest level of Europe because wherever he was at the sideline – Barcelona, Bayern and now Man City – for years he was the benchmark with his teams,” he said.

“And he is again. You can see that with the Premier League.

“Our target was to close the gap for the 90 minutes because it’s possible in football and if you arrive in good momentum, we can make this happen.

“I am very, very happy and proud with the performance of our team because we played with a lot of courage. We were very self-confident and played very brave with the ball and against the ball.

“We had a very good start to the match, the first 35 minutes of the first half and the first half of the second half.

“We deserved the win, which is most important. We were very active, we did not get passive and we deserved the win against, like I said, maybe the best manager and clearly one of the best teams.

“We are very happy with the performance and it will be a huge boost for our self-confidence and for our progression for our development because we arrived also with a young team and young players.

“It’s important to have these experiences together and the most important now is to enjoy it today, let the players feel it.

“From today, it’s the past and we need to perform in a crucial week in the Premier League.”

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