Chelsea manager Frank Lampard (AFP Photo)LONDON: Frank Lampard accused his Chelsea flops of complacency after they blew the lead in Saturday's FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal. Lampard's side made the perfect start at Wembley as Christian Pulisic fired them ahead. But Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised from the penalty spot before half-time and made it 2-1 with a fine finish after the interval. "We started well for 10 or 15 minutes, scored a goal and had other chances. From that point, we can only blame ourselves in football terms," Chelsea boss Lampard told the BBC. "We decided to take control as in being complacent, let's try and play short passes like it is a bit of a stroll. A
(Photo by Adam Davy/Pool via Getty Images)LONDON: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inspired Arsenal to a record 14th FA Cup win as the Gunners captain struck twice to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the final at an empty Wembley on Saturday. Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the dream start, but the Blues unravelled after Aubameyang was brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta inside the area and converted the resulting penalty. A brilliant finish from Aubameyang 23 minutes from time earned Mikel Arteta silverware in his first season as Arsenal boss before Chelsea were controversially reduced to 10 men when Mateo Kovacic was shown an extremely soft second yellow card. Arteta said ahead of the final he hoped a taste of success would encourage Aubameyang, who
HT - It's 1-1 at the half-time break at WembleyIt was all Chelsea in the first 20 minutes or so at the Wembley stadium, with Christian Pulisic putting them in front inside 5 minutes. But the proceedings turned in favour of Arsenal as soon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled the score with a strike from the penalty spot in the 28th minute. In fact, Chelsea were lucky not to concede more goals in the later part of the half with Arsenal gaining confidence and attacking into the Chelsea box almost every two minutes.
Frank Sinclair. (TOI Photo)MUMBAI: Since the start of the millennium, no other side has enjoyed as much success in the FA Cup than the two teams who will contest Saturday's final at Wembley Stadium. When it comes to the world's oldest football competition, Arsenal and Chelsea have each stood on the winner's podium on six occasions since 2000. Going into their latest showdown, though, former Blues defender Frank Sinclair believes it is Frank Lampard's team that are better placed to get their hands on the trophy once again. Speaking to TOI through a Zoom call, Sinclair, who was part of Chelsea's FA Cup-winning side in 1997, said: "The psychological edge that Chelsea have is that they have completed the season
(Reuters photo)LONDON: Frank Lampard saluted Chelsea's "character and personality" as they powered into the FA Cup final with a 3-1 win over woeful Manchester United on Sunday. Lampard's side were gifted their goals by an error-strewn display from United goalkeeper David De Gea, but Chelsea were deserved winners as they dominated the semi-final from start to finish. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring late in the first half and Mason Mount got the second after the interval at Wembley. Harry Maguire's own goal killed off United before Bruno Fernandes' late penalty. After some shaky performances in recent weeks, including a 3-0 hammering at Sheffield United, Lampard was impressed with the spirited way his players out-classed in-form United at Wembley. "I can't