London, 20 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Chelsea will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final after beating Manchester United 3-1 in the semi-finals on Sunday.
Goals from Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount and a Harry Maguire own goal secured the win for Frank Lampard’s side at Wembley, with a Bruno Fernandes penalty too little too late for United.
“I can’t ask for any more from my players than that,” a delighted Lampard said.
“The work ethic and the level of performance. We were on top and when they changed their system we were even better. I am very proud of that performance.”
Chelsea’s win means they are into the final for the ninth time this century and are competing on two fronts, for the FA Cup trophy and for a Champions League spot.
“They should take confidence form that display. We have leaders, you can’t compare across eras but we have leaders in the team. It was a performance full of character and personality,” Lampard said.
“We have finals ahead, two in the league and then Arsenal. We want to win things. Three games won’t define the progress we have made but we are at the business end.”
Giroud scored the opening goal from a corner that David De Gea might have done better and the Spaniard then let Mount’s shot to squirm through his grasp.
Antonio Rudiger’s shot then flicked off Maguire at the near post for the third before Fernandes scored a late consolation from the spot after a foul on Anthony Martial.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said there was no room to dwell on the defeat.
“There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves, we have two games this week and then the Europa League,” he said.
“We will get our heads ready and our legs ready and go again.”
And Solskjaer said goalkeeper De Gea knows he was at fault for the first two goals.
“I can’t speak for David de Gea’s confidence but he is mentally very strong,” he said.
“He knows he should save that one (the second goal) 100 times out of 100 but that’s football for you. I made the decision to play him and mentally he was ready for it.”
Giroud could yet win his fifth FA Cup, having won three times with Arsenal and with Chelsea in 2018.
“I said to the boys I would love to win another one, it would be my fifth FA Cup and we are in another final,” he said.
“A big game against Arsenal which will be so special for me personally. We played very well and we want to finish in the top three in the Premier League now.
“We played three at the back, it’s been a while since we did but we started very well. We had them under pressure and they didn’t create much. We dominated the game.”
Arsenal upset holders Manchester City on Saturday to reach the final for a record 21st time.