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Thomas Tuchel praises Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech after FA Cup win vs Manchester City

Speaking to BBC (h/t Metro) after the win against Manchester City in the FA Cup, Thomas Tuchel praised Chelsea duo Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, especially for their role in their match-winning goal.

The Blues took on City in a highly-anticipated FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. Pep Guardiola raised a lot of eyebrows when he named 8 changes to his side that beat Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League last week. (h/t Manchester City website)

Chelsea dominated proceedings and were the better side as they came out 1-0 victors. The two teams went into half-time at 0-0 but it took Tuchel’s men just 10 minutes in the second half to break the deadlock.

Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring against Manchester City for Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.
Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring against Manchester City for Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. (GETTY Images)

A wonderful pass from Mason Mount found German striker Timo Werner, who then squared it off to Hakim Ziyech. The Moroccan wide-man had no problem tapping the ball into an empty net and make it 1-0.

Chance for silverware

And speaking about that goal, the former PSG manager lauded the duo and praised Mount’s pass to set it up. The win ensured a place in the FA Cup final this year for Chelsea.

“The two guys [Ziyech and Werner] were very, very good upfront with the speed and acceleration – and the impact that Mason [had] with the pass. Timo and Hakim, it was the same lineup like against Liverpool where they were also very, very strong in an away game in a 1-0 victory.”

Timo Werner was excellent in the 1-0 win for Chelsea against Pep Guardiola's City. (GETTY Images)
Timo Werner was excellent in the 1-0 win for Chelsea against Pep Guardiola’s City. (GETTY Images)

The Blues will now face either Southampton or Leicester City in the FA Cup final on 15th May.

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Chelsea have won the FA Cup 8 times and a triumph this year will see them overtake Tottenham on the list, who also have 8 cups to their name. Arsenal have the most FA Cup trophies (14) and were the team that beat Chelsea in the finals last year.

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