Reaction: Very happy

Toni Rudiger and Alvaro Morata are looking forward to going up against Manchester United in the FA Cup final at the end of their first season as Chelsea players.

The duo, who both moved to Stamford Bridge last summer, were involved in yesterday’s semi-final win over Southampton at Wembley, with Morata coming off the bench to head home our second goal in a 2-0 victory.

Rudiger started the game on the left of the back three and felt we were good value for our victory.

‘I think we can be very happy because we played against Southampton one week ago and we didn’t put up a good performance, especially in the first half, but yesterday we controlled the game from the first minute,’ said the German defender.

‘Of course, when we made it 1-0 we knew they would come out and we had a bit of luck, to be honest, but in the end we deserved to go through.’

The deadlock was broken very early on in the second half thanks to a superb Olivier Giroud goal, and Rudiger believes that was the turning point in the contest.

‘Definitely,' he said. 'Because as long as the game stays 0-0 the more chance both teams have so that was a clear advantage for us.

‘I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are all very happy and to play a final against Manchester United is very good.’

It took just 86 seconds for Morata to make his mark, with the Spaniard scoring his ninth header of the season from yet another Cesar Azpilicueta cross.

‘It was a very good match,’ the striker told Chelsea TV. ‘I could have scored another goal at the last moment, I was a little bit unlucky but we are in the final and that’s the most important thing, we are happy.

‘I always say thanks to Azpi because this year he knows where I want the ball and it’s great to have all of the assists from him.’


You can watch Morata’s interview with Chelsea TV in full below.