Thomas Tuchel 'very proud' after Chelsea beat 'best team in Europe'

Sat 17 April 2021 | 20:09

Chelsea reach their fourth FA Cup final in five seasons and end Manchester City's hopes of a quadruple thanks to Hakim Ziyech's matchwinner.


It was a very strong performance, [and I'm] very happy and proud

," Thomas Tuchel told BBC Sport after the final whistle.

"It was a very strong performance and I am very proud of my team


"We were not lucky to escape with a clean sheet, we worked hard for it. The guys are ready to cover for each other if anyone loses a duel. We wanted to be brave today.

“It feels fantastic because we were playing the best team in Europe right now and we managed to close the gap for 90 minutes.  Because it is so hard against City, you have to be on your top level. It was a quality performance."

While Guardiola renewed a large part of his side from their midweek Champions League victory over

Borussia Dortmund



instead made the least swaps from the starting lineup that faced Porto, with Ziyech and Timo Werner the only new outfield faces. That the duo united for the only goal of the match.

It was very nicely played

," he added. "

We escaped the pressure and we had a deep run from Mason, and the run from Timo. Hakim could finish from Timo’s delivery which was crucial because it was decisive


"We had a big chance with Timo, a big chance with Ziyech and two offside goals, so it would have been possible to be more calm in that last 15 minutes but I like the effort and hard work. It was a good mix between ball possession and defending."

The Blues will find out their FA Cup final opponents tomorrow as Leicester City face off against Southampton in the other semi-final tie.



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