Helsea reached their third successive FA Cup final with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley on Easter Sunday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount scored after a close first half to put Thomas Tuchel’s side through to their second domestic cup final of the season.
James Robson was at Wembley to rate Chelsea players…
Edouard Mendy 7
Wonder save kept Kouyate at bay in the first half and Chelsea level when Palace looked most threatening.
Cesar Azpilicueta 6
Played at wing with James inside as the third of a central defensive line. It cost Chelsea dearly from an attacking perspective.
Reece James 8
It’s understandable that Tuchel opted to play him in the center to try and cope with the pace of Palace’s attacks and it worked in a defensive sense.
Andreas Christensen 9
Chelsea’s best player in the first half – denying Mateta early on, then Zaha later. His pace and anticipation were crucial.
Antonio Rudiger 8
His speed meant Palace struggled to get behind despite their directs up front.
Not effective enough with his use of the ball. Too passive on too many occasions when Chelsea needed something more incisive.
Mateo Kovacic 5
Tuchel desperately hopes his injury isn’t serious. Deserved start after his exceptional form in recent weeks, but his inability to shake off an early ankle twist was not a good sign.
Marcos Alonso 6
Didn’t advance as much as might have been expected but that was because of the threat posed by Palace during the break.
mason mount 7
Quality finishing killed this play. He failed to burst through the Palace defense on too many occasions, but it was vital.
Kai Havertz 7
Two decisive moments from him led to goals for Chelsea. His run and cross deflected into Loftus-Cheek’s path for the opening goal – and it was his lobbed cross to Werner that led to Mount’s strike.
Timo Werner 7
He is enjoying his best spell for Chelsea. Real composure in setting up Mount’s goal – first to control the ball to his chest, then to pick the pass.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Kovacić, 26) 8
Unlucky not to start after his exceptional performance against Real Madrid. His flashy runs put Chelsea on center stage in the second half. Brilliant goal.
Romelu Lukaku (Havertz, 76) 4
I didn’t have much time to make an impact.
N’Golo Kante (Jorginho, 76) 5
Surprised to see him dismissed. Tuchel saves his legs for Arsenal.
hakim ziyech (Mount, 76) 5
It didn’t take long for a swing at goal and danger as Palace gave space at the back.
Thiago Silva (Christensen, 82)
Replacements: Arrizabalaga, Pulisic, Saul, Sarr