Pochettino "proud" of Tottenham after FA Cup loss to Chelsea


Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in a thrilling FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday evening.

Willian started the semi-final clash ahead of Eden Hazard and the Brazil global broke the deadlock with a superb free-kick in the fifth minute.

Tottenham dominated possession and were back on terms after 18 minutes when Harry Kane's header found the bottom corner.

That proved to be enough to take Chelsea over the line, and they booked their place in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea will face the winners of Sunday's semi-final between Manchester City and Arsenal in the final on May 27.

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"I think today was great for football because this semi-final I saw two very strong teams and a really good game, not only for Chelsea but also for Tottenham".

Pochettino did his best to accentuate the positives of a enterprising display and refused to acknowledge a lack of killer instinct had derailed his side.

Matic added a fourth for Chelsea five minutes later, to confirm Spurs' exit from the competition, with a crashing, 30-yard drive, which clipped the underside of the bar before nestling in the Tottenham net.

Kenny Dalglish (with Liverpool in 1986) and Carlo Ancelotti (with Chelsea in 2010) are the only other managers to have done it in their first season in England, and now Conte has a fantastic chance of doing the same.

The North London teams served up a treat at Wembley as Willian got the Blues in front with a free-kick inside five minutes.

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With three minutes left to play in the first period, Tottenham gifted The Blues the lead at the break, when Son Heung-Min brought down Victor Moses in the box with an unnecessary sliding challenge.

"When you play football you want to play every game", Hazard said, via the Associated Press, "but he made a great choice". "We were unlucky. I feel proud of my players", he said. We fought a lot.

"Now we will try to be calm, watch the game again and try to improve". We scored the first goal, they equalised, we scored the second and they didn't give up.

"We forced them to play deeper and play on the counter-attack and in transition, but that is football, too". Conte rested Diego Costa and Hazard from the start and though both players were called on in the final half an hour victory without their two main players could act as a psychological boost ahead of the final month of the campaign.

"We are building an exciting team".

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