LONDON – Complete the sale of Chelsea in four weeks and the new property will have an FA Cup final to attend.
Who will represent the club on the royal stage at Wembley Stadium on May 14 is yet to be determined.
While the remaining three bidders are waiting to find out if they are chosen to buy sanctioned Russian owner Roman Abramovich, the West London club beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday in the semi-finals of the world’s oldest football competition.
Property candidates are, in part, being evaluated on how much they will have to invest in hiring players. The victory over Palace came from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount, Chelsea academy graduates who benefited from Abramovich’s lavish investment.
Such is the challenge of getting into the first team, they both had to gain experience playing on loan elsewhere, including the Loftus-Cheek at the Palace.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s career also came to a halt when he broke his Achilles tendon in May 2019 and did not score for the club from that month until breaking the tie against Palace in the 65th minute.
It was Tyrick Mitchell’s dispossession that created the opening for Chelsea that ended with a Kai Havertz pass attempt deflecting Marc Guehi to the edge of the area where Loftus-Cheek hit the top corner.
Mount’s Timo Werner was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent’s quick free kick after 76 minutes.
A week that saw a quarter-final elimination from the Champions League at Real Madrid ended high for Chelsea.
The Blues will return to Wembley on May 14 to face Liverpool, who beat them at the national stadium in the League Cup final in February.
Chelsea will also play in the women’s FA Cup final at Wembley the following day, 15 May, after Emma Hayes’ side beat Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday to host Manchester City.
On Sunday there were two Premier League games that affected the fight to avoid relegation.
Newcastle seem certain to survive after Bruno Guimarães completed a comeback scoring his second goal in the fifth minute of the break to secure a 2-1 victory over Leicester. The North Side moved 12 points from the relegation zone in the absence of six games.
Burnley’s first game since Sean Dyche’s dismissal on Friday ended in a 1-1 draw with West Ham. Burnley moved to three points from Everton, who are in 17th place and have just left the relegation zone with a game in hand.
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Chelsea reach the FA Cup final amid prolonged club sales
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