In the FA Cup final, Reds and Blues offered a certified copy of the last act of the League Cup. Until the name of the winner, Liverpool, after a cruel penalty shootout for César Azpilicueta, Mason Mount and Chelsea (0-0, 5 TAB 6). black dot, the Scousers may have lost Mohamed Salah for the Champions League final.
Chelsea 0-0 (5 TAB 6) Liverpool
Successful shots on goal: Alonso, James, Barkley, Jorginho and Ziyech for the Blues // Milner, Thiago, Firmino, Alexander-Arnold, Jota and Tsimíkas for the Reds
Missed shots on goal: Azpilicueta and Mount for the Blues // Mané for the Reds
Undoubtedly eager to ward off fate after the League Cup final lost to Liverpool at the end of February, Chelsea showed up at Wembley in … canary yellow. The 141and The FA Cup final did not smile on her, but she was removed, undecided and would have deserved a full scoreboard, with the looks of a boxing match. Alert on the banks of the Mersey, however: the injury exit of Mohamed Salah half an hour into the game, which destabilized the attack a little redand which throws a chill before the C1 final against Real Madrid on May 28.
Box to box like in England
To you, to me. Reds and Blues – finally, Yellows – alternated sequences of domination, lightning phases and periods of agony, for a complete fresco. Luis Díaz is the first to stand out after a bright pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold, but Édouard Mendy wins his duel, before Naby Keïta misses the target (9and). A quarter of an hour under the control of Liverpool, with its 70% possession and its breathless pressing against a static Chelsea. But if Díaz is an omnipresent time (4and and 13and), Chelsea fought back in the wake of their duo Mason Mount-Christian Pulišić.
The first finds the second, whose recovery borders on the right post of Alisson (24and). Then, the American international of Croatian origin shifts Marcos Alonso, only embarrassed by the diving exit of the Liverpool goalkeeper (28and). The pace drops somewhat depending on the stoppages, and Mohamed Salah returns to the locker room prematurely after injuring himself (33and). His replacement, Diogo Jota, misses a cross from Andy Robertson, using force rather than deflection (45and).
Díaz number and Mounty Python
A single downtime, the advertising page, before the second act starts off again in a stormy tone. From the start, Marcos Alonso makes Alisson sweat (47and) before smashing his crossbar on an off-center free kick (48and). The Brazilian, on parade in front of Pulišić a minute earlier, does not know where to turn, and we think that Liverpool will regret their situations. Robertson confirms the doubt by lacking responsiveness, for a recovery of the lower abdomen (51and). Díaz, Jota and Keïta, in quick succession, also narrowly draw in the last gesture. Pulišić sends a shiver through the red half of Wembley (68and), but the end of regulation time is 100% Scouser.
Luis Díaz hits the outside of the post after a lively sequence (83and), Robertson imitates it with the other upright, while the angle was open (84and). The Colombian’s last ammunition in the area lacks effect (90and). No overtime action, where fatigue and wait-and-see attitude have their say. This time, Kepa does not replace Mendy, but the result is identical: Chelsea bows on penalties, after the failures of César Azpilicueta (post) and Mount (firm hand of Alisson). Édouard Mendy, who closed the door to his compatriot Sadio Mané, may have it bad, the band of Thomas Tuchel ends his season empty-handed.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): E. Mendy – Chalobah (Azpilicueta, 106and), T. Silva, Rüdiger – R. James, Jorginho, Kovačić (Kante, 66and), Mr. Alonso – Mount, Pulišić (Loftus-Cheek, 106andBarley, 120and) – Lukaku (Ziyech, 85and). Coach : Thomas Tuchel.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, I. Konaté, Van Dijk (Matip, 91and), Robertson (Tsimikas, 111and) – N. Keïta (Milner, 74and), Henderson, Thiago – Salah (D. Jota, 33and), Mané, L. Diaz (Firmino, 98and). Coach : Jurgen Klopp.
By Alexander Lazar