Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup final with a narrow 1-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday evening at Wembley.
Thomas Tuchel secured his first win over Pep Guardiola, ending their hopes of quadruple which sees Chelsea in the final next month.
Hakim Ziyech gave Chelsea a deserved lead in the 55th minute as he tapped in from close range.
Chelsea dominated the early stages at Wembley, taking 65 per cent of the ball in the opening 15 minutes.
Thomas Tuchel’s side had the ball in the back of the net after six minutes as Hakim Ziyech converted Timo Werner’s low through ball, but the flag was raised for a marginal offside.
City offered very little in the first-half and they had two half chances in the opening 45 minutes. Gabriel Jesus fired a tame shot from distance at Kepa Arrizabalaga which was comfortable for the Spaniard, while Fernandinho headed wide as half-time approached.
Fernandinho could count himself fortunate to still be on the pitch after he looked to stamp Mason Mount in the face, just missing him, after fouling the Blues midfielder but it wasn’t checked and he avoided caution.
But it was Ben Chilwell who had Chelsea’s best chance of the first half. Reece James’ cross in the 19th minute fell to the full-back at the back post, but he could only shin his effort wide of the goal.
City suffered a blow three minutes into the second half as Kevin De Bruyne was forced off and replaced by Phil Foden due to an ankle problem.
Despite a bright start to the second 45 for City, Chelsea took the lead 10 minutes into the second-half. Werner was found in behind and he squared it to Ziyech who tapped into an empty net to put the Blues ahead at Wembley. An almost carbon copy of the goal to the one in the first half which was disallowed.
Ziyech should’ve doubled the lead four minutes later to give the Blues some breathing space. Ruben Dias made an error as he misjudged the flight of the ball and Ziyech was one-on-one with Zack Steffen, but he was denied from close range.