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FA Cup Final: Liverpool v Chelsea

For only the second time in history, the FA Cup final will be a repeat of the League Cup final with Liverpool and Chelsea set to square off again at Wembley. Liverpool won the Carabao Cup final on penalties in February and Chelsea will have the chance for revenge in May.

For Chelsea, this is their third successive FA Cup final and they will be hoping to reverse recent history after losing the previous two to Arsenal and Leicester City.

Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace in the semi-final means that Thomas Tuchel has taken his side to a remarkable six finals with Chelsea in just 15 months since he replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is aiming to make history as Liverpool still are chasing a historic quadruple. Having already won one trophy and booked an FA Cup final appearance, Liverpool are heavily favored to reach the Champions League final and in the league they trail Manchester City by a point with seven games to go.

With Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich forced to sell the club, a deal that is expected to close in April, the FA Cup will present the new owners with the possibility of winning their first piece of silverware in the post-Roman Abramovich.

Speaking after the FA Cup semi-final Tuchel touched on the loss it the League Cup saying:

“We gave everything in that final, as you know, and it was a big match that went until the very last penalty,” said Tuchel after Sunday’s semifinal. “Of course we were unlucky and lost it.

“We want to turn things around. It will not give us the Carabao title back but we are here. We were here last season in the FA Cup final, we are here again, and that means an unbelievable lot to us because the FA Cup is the most prestigious, the most traditional cup in the world maybe, played at Wembley.

“There are not a lot of bigger games to be part of. That’s why we are grateful and we will be well-prepared because we play against one of the strongest teams in the world, which have outstanding form given the results. We will try to make life hard for them.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was understandably happy after seeing his side beat rivals Manchester City in their semi-final. The Reds win was set-up with a brilliant first half that saw Liverpool jump to a 3-0 half-time lead.

“I think the first half was one of the best we ever played. We did all the right stuff, we scored in the right moments, we played an incredible game in the first half, I really loved each second of it.

“The second half started with the goal for Man City and then it opens up – the quality of City is insane and you could see it was a much more open game.

“We respect the quality of City so much and it’s so difficult to win against them. But because we have these boys in our dressing room we have a chance.”

Klopp downplayed any conversation about also lifting the Premier League and Champions League trophies to possibly accomplish the historic Quadruple.

“The quadruple talk I can’t believe it,” he said. “This win means we have another game and then we have to play Aston Villa in a midweek, they have to move one game again.

“I don’t think we have a full free week before the last matchday — it’s all difficult but who cares?

“We came here and we wanted to go through to the final. We knew about the problems but qualifying for this final makes the quadruple even more difficult — it’s the only way to do it but it makes it more difficult as well so it’s a strange situation.

“But we are over the moon, we beat the strongest football team in the world and that’s a pretty special moment.”

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