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Chelsea move into a third successive FA Cup final

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Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel admitted his team have been pushed to their limits over the last week, after they secured a place in the FA Cup final against Liverpool.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek capped his impressive comeback with a first Chelsea goal since May 2019 as the Blues defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 to reach their third successive FA Cup final.

Loftus-Cheek’s thunderbolt finish dragged the Blues out of a sluggish performance and into a 16th FA Cup final, with Mason Mount’s angled effort sealing the deal.

England midfielder Loftus-Cheek spent the 2017-18 season on loan with the Eagles, even forcing his way to the World Cup after his campaign at Selhurst Park.

But the 26-year-old showed no split loyalty in dumping his former side out of England’s premier cup competition.

Loftus-Cheek’s first Chelsea goal since the 1-1 Europa League draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on May 9, 2019 spurred the Blues on past their clear fatigue and into yet another final.

"It was not easy because we played three games in three different competitions," said Tuchel. "It is not always easy, very challenging physically, we are the team with the most minutes in Europe I think, it is also challenging mentally.

"I thought the performance was very controlled and very serious, we took care of their counterattacks. It was hard, the opponent changed their system twice, so you cannot lose focus for a minute.

"He (Ruben Loftus-Cheek) was very, very strong in matches against Southampton and Real Madrid, he would have deserved to start but we expected a back four. We knew Ruben would have a big impact off the bench. I am very happy.

"He hid his talent and potential for a long time in his career. He is capable of producing performances that everyone sees on the pitch. For him it is step by step that he continues to grow in his confidence."

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount was relieved to keep trophy ambitions alive for the season, as he caught the eye in a game that took time to catch fire.

"It is a game we used to bounce back," he said. "It was a very, very tough game. They made it very difficult for us. They have some top players. It wasn't easy. The way we came through it we showed character.

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"I am buzzing for Rubes (Loftus-Cheek). He is a top, top player. He comes on in a difficult game and steps up. He is dominant and the way he drives the ball forward helps us. He was brilliant today.

"Timo Werner is brilliant, he has done so well the last couple of games. He had a chance in the second half that he missed but then ran all the way back to win the ball and that shows the player he is.

"It is time for us to win a final at Wembley. It is five finals I have lost so we have to put the pressure on us to step up."

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