Chelsea is bound to rematch the League Cup final this year by facing off Liverpool again in FA Cup final 2022, whereas distracted Erik Ten Hag failed to guide his team to Dutch Cup glory.
Thomas Tuchel's side secured a place in the FA Cup final after smashing Crystal Palace 2-0 without too much difficulty on the weekend. Their winning goals were scored by Robin Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount. They actually had another chance to triple their lead through Romelu Lukaku's strike but only hit the post. This is Tuchel's second consecutive FA Cup final. However, unlike last season, it will be his team's only hope to lift the trophy this season after being ousted by Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter final and have been out of the title race in the domestic campaign.
The Blues and The Reds are once again squaring off in the summit after Sadio Mane and Co won again over Manchester City in the other semifinal by three goals to two. In the previous final encounter at the league cup, NGolo Kante and Co lost 11-10 on a thrilling shootout.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 2-0
Goals: Robin Loftus-Cheek (65), Mason Mount (76)
Chelsea: Edouard Mendy – Antonio Rudiger, Andres Christensen (Thiago Silva 82), Reece James - Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho (NGolo Kante 77), Mateo Kovacic (Robin Loftus-Cheek 26) – Kai Havertz (Romelu Lukaku 77), Timo Werner, Mason Mount (Hakim Ziyech 77)
Crystal Palace: Jack Butland – Guehi, Joachim Andersen, Cheikhou Kouyate (Luka Milivojevic 85) – Mitchell, Ward, James McArthur (Michael Olise 72), Eberechi Eze, Jeffrey Schlupp (Christian Benteke 72) – Jean-Phillipe Mateta (Jordan Ayew 55), Winfred Zaha
Meanwhile, Ajax boss who has been all over the news lately due to being Manchester United target for next season manager, Erik Ten Hag, was unable to lead his team to snatch KNVB Cup. They were beaten 2-1 by PSV, which is also their title contender this season. Despite netting the opener through Ryan Gravenbech, Der Amsterdammers had two goals disallowed. Instead, they conceded twice as Mexican Erick Gutierrez headed home before Cody Gakpo's long range strike found the back of their net.
Ten Hag could not lose their focus anymore this season since the title race is still very much on. Ajax is leading with four points gap from Roger Schmidt's men. Yet, there are five games remaining. Once Dusan Tadic and Co stumble in two matches, PSV is likely to topple them. Nevertheless, the 1988 UCL Champion seems to be the one who needs more luck as there is still one tough match ahead, travelling to Rotterdam to take on Feyenoord. Here are the last five fixtures for each of them.
vs NEC Nijmegen (A)
vs PEC Zwolle (H)
vs AZ Alkmaar (A)
vs Heerenveen (H)
vs Vitesse Arnhem (A)
vs Cambuur (A)
vs Willem II (H)
vs Feyenoord (A)
vs NEC Nijmegen (H)
vs PEC Zwolle (A)