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Mount continues his hot streak but Havertz’s loss of form worries Tuchel as the Blues reach the FA Cup final

CHELSEA booked their place in the FA Cup Final with Mason Mount and Timo Werner impressing again.

It was a tense affair at Wembley with neither the Blues nor Crystal Palace creating many chances.

Mason Mount scored his fourth goal in three games to help Chelsea to the FA Cup final

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Mason Mount scored his fourth goal in three games to help Chelsea to the FA Cup finalPhoto credit: Jamie McPhilimey
Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 to secure their place in the fifth cup final under Thomas Tuchel

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Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 to secure their place in the fifth cup final under Thomas TuchelPhoto credit: Jamie McPhilimey

When the ball kindly fell to Ruben Loftus-Cheek to hit the half-volley, he had to take his chance and did.

Loftus-Cheek was calm after coming on for the injured Mateo Kovacic in the first half, with his midfield partner Jorginho being the more efficient of the two.

The Brazilian was one of Chelsea’s better players alongside Reece James, Andreas Christensen and Mason Mount, scoring a second for Thomas Tuchel’s side 11 minutes into the first set.

However, Kai Havertz disappointed again after missing a hateful chance against Real Madrid midweek.

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This is how SunSport’s Kealan Hughes rated Chelsea’s semi-final win.

Edouard Mendy – 7

An amazing save on the bottom left of him to stop Cheikhou Kouyate’s strike who kept things even until half-time.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6th

Went forward when he lacked some quality in the last third, although it was his tenacity to regain possession that led to the opener.

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Did well defensively backing up James against Zaha and kept Eberechi Eze calm when he switched to Palaces left wing.

Reece James – 8

Was returned to right-back after impressing in that role against Real Madrid midweek – given the responsibility of keeping Wilfried Zaha calm, which he has done well.

Andreas Christensen – 7

Played the role of Thiago Silva in the Brazilian’s absence, effectively preventing Crystal Palace counterattacks.

He also kept an eye on Zaha after taking a pivotal role in the second half – Chelsea bosses are hoping the Dane will sign a new deal with his contract expiring in the summer.

Antonio Ruediger – 7

It says a lot about his performance that Jean-Philippe Mateta tried to stay away from him and instead tried to beat Christensen.

Safe on the ball too with a brilliant pass to put Werner ahead late in the game.

Marcos Alonso – 5th

Solid if unspectacular as it has been for most of the season. There was a need to get more into the box when Crystal Palace is cooped up for big spells.

Mateo Kovacic – 5

Some decent touches and good possession but was substituted off injured after 25 minutes.

Jorginho – 8

The midfielder has been much better than he has been lately as Chelsea’s entire game went through him.

Looking fresher than his teammates after only coming on as a substitute at the Bernabeu and trying to get things going by finding the killer pass to either Timo Werner or Kai Havertz.

Maurerberg – 7

Took a half volley chance in the first half and was generally in and out of the game.

But his class showed as he played an excellent brace with Timo Werner before slamming the ball into the bottom corner to double Chelsea’s lead.

Timo Werner – 7

His runs behind the Palace defense were Chelsea’s biggest threat of the first half.

But he didn’t get the clear sight of the target he was looking for thanks to a good defense from Joachim Anderson in particular.

However, the German didn’t give up and played a wonderful pass into Mount to set up his goal. Should have had a second assist but Romelu Lukaku somehow hit the post when it was easier to score.

Kai Havertz – 6

Quiet until booked for a dive to win a penalty.

Much like Werner, he was edged out by Palace’s five-man defense but moved around the pitch in search of the ball so the effort was there.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek (for Kovacic, 26′) – 7th

Struggled to get into the game after being substituted on but made the decisive impression by beating Chelsea in front midway through the second half.

Also made a couple of his signature power runs to put the pressure on the Eagles.

N’Golo Kante (for Jorginho, 78′) – 5

He started the game well, which was all it took after already leading his side 2-0.

Hakim Ziyech (for Mount, 77′) – 5th

Didn’t affect much and should have scored as he followed up on Lukaku’s embarrassing miss – his attempt cleared off the line.

Romelu Lukaku (for Havertz, 77′) – 4th

Looked good after Havertz struggled to get anything out of the Palace backline – particularly a good cut that Ziyech could have scored from.

But his problems in front of goal continued as he somehow hit the post from five yards out, leaving the goal gaping.

Thiago Silva (for Christensen, 82′) – 6th

Didn’t have much to do with Palace losing faith in the last ten minutes.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18289833/chelsea-ratings-mount-havertz-tuchel-fa-cup/ Mount continues his hot streak but Havertz’s loss of form worries Tuchel as the Blues reach the FA Cup final

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