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Revealed: Chelsea’s ultimate FA Cup final team and best goal

Blues fans around the world have been voting all week to pick an all-conquering Chelsea FA Cup final team, as well as our best final goal, and now we can reveal the results…

The categories were split into positions – goalkeeper, defence (full-backs and centre-halves), midfield and forwards – and we’ve gone with a traditional 4-4-2 formation.

Almost 50,000 votes were counted and verified and we can reveal the players inducted into our ultimate FA Cup final team below!

Goalkeeper

Petr Cech

There was a clear winner in this category, with Cech earning almost 13,000 votes and way out in front of second-place Peter Bonetti.

Defence

Branislav Ivanovic

After only making the bench for his first FA Cup final for the club, in 2009, Ivanovic was selected at right-back for the subsequent showpiece matches in 2010 and 2012, making a couple of crucial blocks in the latter to help us beat Liverpool.

John Terry

Captain, leader, legend. Let’s be honest, there was no doubting that JT would be included here!

Antonio Rudiger

Toni was Man of the Match when we defeated Manchester United in 2018, lifting the first club trophy of his career. That performance sees him included and he will hope for more of the same against Leicester today. You can read a cup final exclusive with him now on the Chelsea website and The 5th Stand app.

Ashley Cole

Completing our back four is our ever-dependable left-back, Ashley Cole. A winner of four FA Cups during his time at Stamford Bridge, so his inclusion is certainly warranted.

Midfield

Ramires

Lining up on the right-hand side of midfield in this team is Ramires, who became the first Brazilian to score in an FA Cup final in 2012 as we defeated Liverpool at Wembley.

Frank Lampard

No Chelsea team is complete without Super Frank, the Blues’ all-time leading scorer in the FA Cup. Lamps enjoyed his best year in the competition in 2007 when he netted six times en route to the final against Manchester United but his best was two years later when he scored a screamer as we beat Everton.

Roberto Di Matteo

No surprise to see Di Matteo picked here. Winning goals in the finals of 1997 and 2000 – the first, against Middlesbrough, was the fastest scored in a Wembley FA Cup final at the time and an absolute worldie, too.

Charlie Cooke

The sole entry of our 1970 winning side. Cooke played a major part in our win over Leeds, with a sublime pass to set up Osgood for that iconic diving header. Everyone remembers the chaos of that game, but don’t forget the class of Cooke…

Forwards

Didier Drogba

The man for the big occasion. Didier always delivered whenever we were in the FA Cup final and that was highlighted by the Chelsea fans, with the Ivorian the clear winner in this category.

Eden Hazard

Eden netted the only goal of the game the last time we lifted the famous trophy, coolly slotting home from the spot as we beat Manchester United in 2018. Will the Blues add a ninth FA Cup to our trophy cabinet today?


Best goal

We also asked you to vote for your best Chelsea FA Cup final goal and there were plenty of outstanding contenders...

The final results were tight but it was Di Matteo's 1997 blockbuster against Middlesbrough that came out on top with 19 per cent of the vote.

In second place was a trademark Lampard strike from 2009 (14 per cent) and in third was Drogba's 2007 winner against Manchester United, the first Cup final goal at the new Wembley.

Here's hoping for a few more contenders to add to the list today!

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