The 2021/22 FA Cup final gets underway on Saturday between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley.
Seven-time winners Liverpool renewed their rivalry with Manchester City in the semi-final, with Jurgen Klopp getting the better of Pep Guardiola in a five-goal thriller, winning 3-2 to seal their progression to this weekend’s capital showpiece.
The other semi-final was an all-London derby as Chelsea took on Crystal Palace, with Thomas Tuchel’s men getting the job done on a sunny afternoon under the arch, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount.
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Having eliminated current Premier League leaders City from the penultimate round, Liverpool have naturally become the favourites to win the competition outright. Klopp’s men have been in formidable form since the turn of the year and still remain in the mix to complete the quadruple.
The Reds have already sealed the League Cup, at the expense of Chelsea, which proved Klopp’s first domestic cup triumph at Anfield, and the revered German coach will now be eyeing up another piece of English silverware. It’s been over 15 years since the Merseyside club last lifted this cup.
On that potential for a famous quadruple season, Sadio Mane explained to the club’s official website that it would be a “dream” to pull it off. “We will see. We have a lot of games to go, we will try to do our best. It’s a dream, for sure. We’ll go for it, we will fight for it,” he said.
Last year’s finalists Chelsea are second favourites ahead of Saturday, but they haven’t made things easy for themselves. The Blues cruised to a 5-1 win over non-league Chesterfield in the third round fixture but have had to come from behind to beat lower-league opposition in each of their past two matches. The fifth round brought their biggest scare, as Championship side Luton twice took the lead before Chelsea eventually got a 3-2 win and then got a more straightforward win against Middlesbrough.
Their recent win over Palace, though, proved drama-free, ending a week in which the Blues exited the Champions League, on a high.
FA Cup semi-final results:
- Man City 2-3 Liverpool
- Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
Mason Mount hungry to end domestic trophy drought
In the 16 months since Thomas Tuchel took charge, Chelsea have won the Champions League, Uefa Super Cup and the Club World Cup. They have also reached the final of the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
However, Chelsea have tasted defeat in each of their past two visits to Wembley pre-Palace triumph, beaten by Liverpool in the EFL Cup final and Leicester City in the 2020/21 FA Cup final. And the domestic cup drought goes further than that.
Frank Lampard also lost an FA Cup final in charge of Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri an EFL Cup final, with Antonio Conte the last manager to bring domestic glory to Stamford Bridge with the 2017/18 FA Cup.
And Mount is desperate for Chelsea to end that run this season.
“We really have that winning mentality within the group,” he told BBC after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Middlesbrough back in March.
“Any competition, any game, we want to win, and we want to keep that going. It’s been a tough couple of weeks but for us, as a team, we’re just focused and ready to play.
“We’re so hungry for a domestic title, we just need to keep going. It’s not been the best of runs for us at Wembley but we want to right that wrong. We’ve already had one final at Wembley this season and lost it so we’re hungry to win [the semi-final].”