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Full Time: Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Chelsea qualified for the finals of the FA Cup in style as goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata helped them beat Southampton 2-0. The Blues will now meet Manchester United in the epic finale set to take place on May 19th. It was a commanding performance from Antonio Conte’s men, who truly deserved the win.

Southampton’s Charlie Austin did come close to equalising but the goal was disallowed, which paved way for a bit of controversy. However, it all came down to a scintillating goal from Morata which sealed the outcome of the match.

Chelsea Player Ratings

Willy Caballero – 7/10

Maintained a clean sheet owing to some good saves in the second-half, particularly the one off Nathan Redmond.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 8.5/10

Southampton played with two strikers but Azpilicueta handled both of them with ease. Towards the end of the game, he partnered well with Morata as well.

Gary Cahill – 7/10

The skipper put in a reassuring performance and was defensively solid throughout the game.

Gary Cahill

Antonio Rudiger – 6/10

Utilised his pace well to keep Shane Long at bay. However, his passing was a bit haywire and he was caught out of position a few times as well.

Victor Moses – 7.5/10

A decent display from Moses, who started the match poorly but improved as time wore on.

Emerson – 7/10

Emerson could not contribute much to the attack but he was decent as far as defending is concerned.

N’Golo Kante – 9/10

Kante has played a crucial role for Chelsea this season and his influence was apparent in this game. Broke up the play effectively and aided the attack.

Cesc Fabregas – 7.5/10

Fabregas was particularly effective in the first-half but his influence waned after half-time. Nevertheless, it was a good show from the creative midfielder.

Olivier Giroud

Willian – 8/10

Willian was a constant threat to the Southampton defence and he made some lung-busting runs. However, he was taken off by Conte with quite a lot of game time remaining and the player was visibly frustrated.

Olivier Giroud – 9/10

Linked up well with his teammates up front and was quite influential in aerial situations as well. He made a stupendous finish to see his goal fly safely into the net.

Eden Hazard – 10/10

Hazard was at his lethal best against Southampton. He utilised his skills well to show drive and passion and was involved from the starting whistle to the final one.

Subs:

Tiemoue Bakayoko – 5/10

Struggled with pace and looked a bit rusty.

Pedro – 6.5/10

Provided some much-needed energy in the midfield area.

Alvaro Morata – 7/10

This goal will surely restore the striker’s confidence ahead of the games to come.

Meghna Sengupta

Editor @ Soccersouls. Lives in Chennai, and a Manchester United fan. Follow me on Linkedin

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