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Chelsea 0-1 Leicester: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, FA Cup 16 May 2021

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For the first time in the history of the club, Leicester City have won the FA Cup after beating Chelsea 1-0 in the final at Wembley on Saturday night. It was an incredible evening of drama and tension with the pendulum swinging in both directions, but in the end, it’s the Foxes who managed to lift that trophy up high in the capital.

Kasper the ninja

We’ve all always known that Kasper Schmeichel is good, but Saturday may have been his crowning moment as a goalkeeper. He produced two of the best saves you’re ever likely to see on a stage this big and he did so under intense scrutiny and pressure. Leicester simply would not have been able to get themselves over the finish line if it wasn’t for him and moving forward, we expect the 34-year-old to only go from strength to strength in his incredible career.

VAR drama

The VAR system is very strange and very unusual and if you want any further proof of that, take a look at the offside decision that ensured Chelsea didn’t equalise in the dying minutes of the game and instead came away with absolutely nothing from this final. Ben Chilwell, against his former club, seemed to execute the perfect run before the ball bundled into the back of the net – but he was deemed to be offside by an absolute whisker. Whether you agree with the decision or not, you can bet it’s going to be a real topic of conversation in the next few days.

Leicester’s wait is over

They’ve finished as runners-up on four separate occasions but now, Leicester City Football Club can say that they’ve finally won the FA Cup. It’s been an emotional journey to get to this point but in the midst of all the chaos, the one man standing tall is Brendan Rodgers. He’s been ridiculed and underestimated in the past but this season, he finally seems to be piecing it all together and if he also guides Leicester to a top four finish, he’ll go down in history as one of the Foxes’ greatest gaffers of the modern era.

Match Report

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (5.5), Rudiger (6), Silva (7), James (6.5), Alonso (7), Jorginho (6.5), Kante (7), Azpilicueta (6), Mount (6), Ziyech (6.5), Werner (6), Hudson-Odoi (6), Chilwell (6.5), Pulisic (6.5), Havertz (6), Giroud (6)

Leicester: Schmeichel (7.5), Fofana (8), Evans (6.5), Soyuncu (8), Castagne (7), Tielemans (8), Ndidi (7), Thomas (7.5), Perez (6.5), Iheanacho (6), Vardy (6.5), Maddison (6), Choudhury (6), Albrighton (6.5), Morgan (6.5)

Referee: Michael Oliver

Goals: Tielemans

Yellow Cards: Werner, Fofana

Red Cards: N/A


Harry Kettle

Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.



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