The Citizen (Gauteng)

Chelsea set to win FA Cup

There’s little to suggest that Chelsea will not win the FA Cup come Saturday given that rivals Leicester City have failed in all four appearance­s in the final and seem to be suffering another end-of-season slump.

- By Mark Gleeson

The world’s oldest football competitio­n no longer enjoys the reverence it previously attracted but there is still a magic to winning the FA Cup.

Saturday’s decider at Wembley Stadium is between Chelsea, who have won the trophy eight times, and Leicester, who have been to the final four times but never lifted the famous piece of silverware.

Only Arsenal (14 wins) and Manchester United (12) have won more FA Cups than Chelsea, who won their first only 40 years ago in 1970 and have gone onto to become regular collectors of the trophy.

Leicester are the club who have played the most finals without ever winning, but their last appearance was in 1969 when Manchester City beat them 1-0 in front of 100,000 spectators.

There will be 21,000 fans allowed into the stadium this Saturday as the British government slowly begins to allow the crowds back in the wake of the COVID-19.

Chelsea will be fancied to win, given how they have turned the corner since Thomas Tuchel replaced club legend Frank Lampard in charge. They have lost just twice - one a fluke defeat by West Bromwich Albion and the other a meaningles­s loss to FC Porto.

They have earned their spurs in this competitio­n after beating Manchester City in the semi-final. Leicester had a much easier assignment in getting past Southampto­n, but did beat Manchester United in the quarters.

Leicester, however, look like replicatin­g last season’s poor end to the season with a sudden slump.

They lost 4-2 at home to Newcastle United last Friday in a performanc­e that suggested a lack of mental mettle and focus.

 ?? PICTURE: BACKPAGEPI­X ?? CHELSEA'S HEAD COACH THOMAS TUCHEL AND BILLY GILMOUR SHOW THEIR DELIGHT AFTER THE 2-1 WIN AGAINST MANCHESTER CITY OVER THE WEEKEND.
PICTURE: BACKPAGEPI­X CHELSEA'S HEAD COACH THOMAS TUCHEL AND BILLY GILMOUR SHOW THEIR DELIGHT AFTER THE 2-1 WIN AGAINST MANCHESTER CITY OVER THE WEEKEND.

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