Giroud continues impressing in the FA Cup:
Olivier Giroud was in stellar form ahead of the FA Cup meeting, scoring twice against Southampton in the Premier League on April 14.
The 31-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January, has been involved in 22 goals in just 26 FA Cup appearances – including a couple of match-winning assists for ex-Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsey in the 2014 and 2017 finals.
FA Cup final could be Conte’s last match in charge of Chelsea:
Antonio Conte‘s position as Chelsea manager remains unclear despite last season’s Premier League champions progressing to the FA Cup final.
The Italian boss has refused to talk about his future at Stamford Bridge, but owner Roman Abramovich is believed to have made up his mind to sign a new head coach this summer.
Chelsea players now have the opportunity to end their boss’ tenure on a high with more silverware. The 48-year-old would no doubt love another chance to trump Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to lift the FA Cup.
Chelsea pushing for a top-four finish:
Until last weekend, Chelsea looked down and out in their pursuit for a top-four finish. They went 2-0 down to Southampton and all but handed the advantage to Tottenham Hotspur.
However, they led a dramatic comeback, securing a 3-2 triumph to keep their feint hopes alive. Conte’s men have won back-to-back league games while Spurs have picked up a point, meaning there’s only a five-point gap between the two sides after 34 games this season.
On Saturday, April 28, Chelsea travel to face a struggling Swansea City who winless in their last five league games, while Tottenham host Watford two days later.
Spurs could be just two points ahead of Chelsea by the time their game comes around which will put them under immense pressure.