Frenchman Olivier Giroud last night scored a delightful opener against woeful Manchester United FC’s goalkeeper David de Gea to inspire his team, Chelsea Football Club, to a 3-1 win at the Wembley Stadium on 19th July 2020, to set up a mouthwatering clash with his former club Arsenal in the FA Cup final billed for the 1st of August, 2020. In a match that was touted to be tense and close, the Chelsea players appeared more determined and pressured the defence of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed team and got the reward late into the added time of the first half when Giroud’s movement was too much for the Red Devils’ defence to handle and he delicately diverted a low cross beyond de Gea.
Chelsea started the second half with the same tenacity they ended it and it was only seconds before youngster Mason Mount bulldozed 20 yards into the Manchester United half and let fly a shot that could have been harmless to de Gea but somehow, slipped under the goalkeeper to double the Chelsea lead.
Things got worse when with about seventeen minutes remaining to play, Harry Maguire turned a Marcos Alonso cross into his own net under pressure from Antoni Ruediger.
Late on, a needless challenge by Callum Hudson Odoi allowed the hapless Manchester United FC to get a consolation goal through a penalty converted by new signing Bruno Fernandes.
The victory has set up a sensational final between Arsenal and Chelsea, not just because of the fact that the two clubs are premiership rivals. Both clubs are being coached by former players who are at the moment overseeing the transition stage of their clubs. They have a point to prove about their tactical prowess. Same with the fact that Olivier Giroud is facing his former club and being a fan of Arsenal despite leaving more than a year ago, it is a delicate moment for him to face them.
The Gunners are looking to extend their record as the biggest winners of the FA Cup as they have won the tournament a record 13th time. Meanwhile, Frank Lampard, the head coach of Chelsea, would also want to end the season on a high note.