Thomas Tuchel is eyeing his first maiden Trophy with Chelsea as the Blues takes on Leicester City in the FA Cup Final at the iconic Wembley.
Embroiled in a tense race for the Champions League places in the Premier League, Chelsea and Leicester City brace themselves for a welcome distraction as they face each other in the FA Cup final on this Evening.
Chelsea has failed to beat Leicester in the league in the last six tries, since 2017 (four draws, two defeats), but Chelsea have beaten them twice in FA Cup (quarter)finals during that time, including a 1-0 Ross Barkley-inspired one last season and a 2-1 extra-time win in 2018, which featured a winning goal scored by Pedro … with his head!
This will be the 140th FA Cup final, with Chelsea and Leicester City becoming the 117th different pairing in the competition’s showcase. Manchester City’s 6-0 demolition of Watford in 2019 was the last time two sides met in the final for the first time.
This season’s FA Cup final will take place before the end of the Premier League season. The last time this happened was back in 2012/13 campaign when underdogs Wigan beat Manchester City 1-0 to lift the trophy.
Chelsea will be appearing in their 15th FA Cup final, with only Arsenal (21) and Manchester United (20) reaching the competition’s showcase on more occasions. Indeed, only the Gunners (14) and the Red Devils (12) have won the trophy on more occasions than Chelsea (8).
This will be Leicester City’s fifth appearance in an FA Cup final and the first since 1969. The Foxes have lost all four previous finals, the most appearances a side has made in the competition’s showcase without ever winning the trophy.
Chelsea have reached the FA Cup final in four of the last five seasons (W1 L2), with the Blues finishing runners up in last season’s competition to Arsenal. The last side to lose the FA Cup final in consecutive seasons was Newcastle United in 1998 and 1999.