Tired Chelsea happy to progress

22 March 2021 02:21:04 GMTPlus10

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is pleased his side are through to the FA Cup semi-finals but admits the Blues "looked tired" in their 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

The London club, who have won the FA Cup on eight occasions, took the lead at Stamford Bridge when defender Ben Chilwell's cross was diverted into his own net by Sheffield United's Oliver Norwood.

David McGoldrick missed arguably the pick of the chances for the Blades and Chelsea wrapped up the win in added time when Hakim Ziyech, who joined the club last summer, fired in a second.

Chelsea have now reached the semi-finals of the competition for the fourth time in five seasons, having lost to Arsenal in the final in 2020.

And although Tuchel, who has yet to lose as Blues boss, is pleased with the performance, he conceded his side "lost control" after the break.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Tuchel said: "Sounds excellent to say we're through to the semi-finals - it was a tough match. We had a good first half where we controlled everything.

"We lost control in the second half, we were clearly tired. After 14 consecutive matches I could feel we were tired and we made many little faults.

"We were lucky to keep the clean sheet in the second half but I think it's the first time in the 14 games we have looked tired. It's important to go through in the cup and that was the target and we reached it."

Chelsea are 8/15 to win the FA Cup 2020/21.

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