True,they showed a lot of fighting spirit by holdingLiverpool to a 0-0 draw at fulltime and extra-timebefore they lost,but it is surely a final to forget formany reasons.
For one thing, Chelsea became the first team sinceNewcastle United to lose in three consecutive FA cupfinals.
The Blues lost the 2020,2021 and now 2022 FA cupsto Arsenal, Leicester City and Liverpool respectively.
What makes it the more embarrassing is the fact thatThomas Tuchel’s men had previously lost against thissame Liverpool team in the Carabao cup final a fewmonths ago, with Kepa Arizzabalaga missing a crucialpenalty in the shootout to give Liverpool the trophyat the same stadium.
The fact that Chelsea always managed to takeLiverpool to penalty shootouts and the fact that theyhave reached the final of the FA cup in threeconsecutive years means that they are a top side,butunfortunately, they have been unable to win it inthree of these occasions.
Chelsea players and fans will be hoping to moveforward quickly and put this ugly incident behindthem,but there is one Chelsea player who has beenthe unluckiest in the team and whose loss yesterdaymeant a lot to him.
Chelsea and England born midfielder, Mason Mountmay be one of the top midfielders in England, with areserved place in both club and national teamstarting XIs,but the 23 year old lad is one with a badrecord in finals at the Wembley Stadium.
In Chelsea’s previous game at the Carabao cup finalagainst Liverpool,Mason Mount had many chances tofinish off Liverpool and win the trophy for the Blues, but the youngster missed all the chances beforeKepa Arizzabalaga missed his penalty in the shootoutand was used as the scapegoat for the loss.
In yesterday’s FA cup final,Mason Mount missed hispenalty in the shootouts before Kostas Tsimikasscored and Liverpool became the FA cup Champions.
Yesterday’s loss at Wembley stadium means thatMason Mount has now played six finals at Wembleystadium without winning even one.
2019 EFL play-offs vs Bournemouth FC. 2020 FA cupfinal vs Arsenal.
A bad record,one which the 23 year old midfielderwill be happy to break,many football pundits hadnamed this series of losses in finals as the ‘WembleyCurse‘.
The good news is that Mason Mount is still very muchyoung with loads of other finals ahead of him,and asa youngster,it may only be a matter of time beforehe breaks the Wembley stadium jinx and finally winsa trophy in the stadium of his country.
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