London, UK: Chelsea won the Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening after Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty gave the Blues a 1-0 victory over Manchester United – their first since 2012. Chelsea’s FA Cup win means they have now been champions in the competition eight times, equalling Tottenham Hotspur.
In a game of few chances, United gifted Chelsea the lead when Phil Jones wiped out Hazard inside David de Gea’s penalty area. Hazard netted from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute to give Chelsea the lead.
Manchester United did not have a shot on target in the first half but were much improved after the break as Thibaut Courtois superbly denied Phil Jones’ header before Paul Pogba nodded wide when unmarked.
Manchester United took until the 56th minute to register a shot on target when Marcus Rashford struck at goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who later rushed off his line to block the forward.
Mourinho felt his side missed the physical presence of Romelu Lukaku in attack, with the Belgium striker having started on the bench after recovering from an ankle injury.
“It was a bit hard for us to play without Lukaku against a team that defends with nine players,” added Mourinho. “You need that presence.
“Chelsea are not stupid. They know our team without Lukaku or Marouane Fellaini does not have a presence so putting eight or nine players in front of the box they knew they would be dominant in that direct football.
“Every defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. No regrets.” Mourinho added.
“We needed to achieve this goal for everybody, no matter what happens in the future,” captain Gary Cahill said.
After lifting the Premier League trophy last season, Chelsea finished 30 points behind newly crowned champion Manchester City to finish fifth last week and out of the Champions League places.
“This was to save our season,” Cahill said before collecting the FA Cup. “I’m not saying we’ve had a magnificent season by any stretch. But we are used to winning, not in an arrogant way, but we have to try to win things.”
Manchester United did finish second in the Premier League, the club’s highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired as a champion in 2013.
Chelsea and Nigeria international, Victor Moses, featured against the Red Devils from start to finish to help Antonio Conte’s men end the 2017-18 season with his first FA Cup.
This represents a change in fortune for the 27-year-old Victor Moses, who was sent off in last season’s final against Arsenal; a game Chelsea went on to lose 2-1. Prior to Saturday’s final against Jose Mourinho’s side, the right wing-back had appeared twice in this season’s competition.
Victor Moses has now won the English Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup titles, all with Chelsea. Victor Moses was also instrumental to Nigeria’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations win.
With today’s FA cup win, the Chelsea organization also scored a unique FA cups treble across levels of English football this season having also won the FA Youth Cup and the FA Women’s Cup.
The Football Association Youth Challenge Cup ( FA Youth Cup) is an English football competition run by The Football Association for under–18 sides. Chelsea F.C. Reserves (Chelsea F.C. Academy) are the current (2017–18) FA Youth Cup champions.
The Women’s FA Cup is the top cup competition for women’s football clubs in England – designed as an equivalent to the FA Cup. The current cup holders are Chelsea Ladies Football Club, (Chelsea L.F.C.) . They Chelsea L.F.C. Arsenal 3–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium on 5 May 2018.