Chelsea will face Liverpool in the English FA Cup final next month after both won their semi-finals over the weekend and Blues boss Thomas Tuchel wants to turn things around after their League Cup final loss to the Reds.
Liverpool edged Chelsea’s 11-10 on penalties after the 0-0 draw in the League Cup final in late February at Wembley Stadium, the same venue where the May 14 FA Cup decider will be played.
“We lost of course a final against them when we gave everything and it went until the very last penalty,” Tuchel told reporters. “We were unlucky and we want to turn things around.
“We were here last season in the FA Cup final (lost 1-0 to Leicester City) and we will be here again. That means an unbelievable lot to us because it’s the FA Cup, it’s prestigious, the most traditional cup in the world and played at Wembley, so there are not a lot of bigger games to be part of.”
“We will be well prepared because we play against one of the strongest teams in the world that have outstanding form. So it will be a tough one and we will try to make life hard for them.”
Chelsea booked their spot with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, with goals coming from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount in the second half.
Liverpool progressed with a 3-2 win over Manchester City on Saturday, having raced to a three-goal lead after Ibrahima Konate’s early goal followed by Sadio Mane’s first-half double.
The victory means the Reds’ hopes of clinching four trophies in a season are alive, having already won the League Cup, while they’ve made the Champions League semi-finals and sit one point behind City in the Premier League title race.
“You can mention whatever you want, but it doesn’t make it more likely. You won’t get the answers you want from me,” Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said when asked if they could win the quadruple.