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BLUES BATTLE: As Leicester, Chelsea Clash In FA Cup Final



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The FA Cup will be draped in blue by the close of play today, as Leicester City and Chelsea battle it out for the chance to lift the prestigious trophy in front of 21,000 Wembley spectators.

The Foxes will be taking part in their fifth final as they search for their maiden FA Cup crown, while today’s game represents Chelsea’s 15th  appearance in the showpiece event as they seek a ninth triumph.

Brendan Rodgers’s men dumped Southampton out in the semi-finals to make plans for May 15, while Thomas Tuchel’s side ended Manchester City’s quadruple dream in the final four to book their spot in the 140th FA Cup final.

It only seemed fitting to witness the rejuvenated Kelechi Iheanacho score the goal which propelled the Foxes into their first FA Cup final since 1969, as this season’s top scorer in the tournament struck with 55 minutes on the clock to extinguish Southampton’s trophy hopes on April 18.

Rocked by a 1-0 Premier League loss to cross-town rivals Arsenal on Wednesday, Chelsea will be looking to bounce back and win their first trophy under Thomas Tuchel while Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers is aiming to become only the second manager after the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson to win both the English and Scottish FA Cup, having Celtic to back-to-back Scottish FA Cup titles back in 2017 and 2018.

It’s the first time since 2007, when title winners Man United lost to league runners-up Chelsea, that the final will be contested by two teams in the top four, so it promises to be an evenly balanced game with no clear favourite.

Leicester is third in the Premier League, two points ahead of Chelsea, heading into the final week of the league season, and there is little to separate the two sides in recent form.

Over the last 10 league games, Chelsea sits third in the form table with six wins, two draws and two defeats. Leicester are fifth having won five, drawn twice and lost three times.

A 2-0 defeat at Leicester in January proved to be Frank Lampard’s last league game as Chelsea manager; he was sacked less than a week later and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

Coincidentally, the two teams meet again in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge next Tuesday in a game that will be crucial for Champions League qualification.

Yet Tuchel, 47, started the season in charge of Paris Saint-Germain before being sacked in December, but he could finish the campaign by guiding Chelsea to success in the FA Cup and Champions League.

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