N’Golo Kante has only scored twice since joining Chelsea but no doubt the midfielder will cherish this one he somehow managed to curve into the goal. The French worldwide is not known for his goals but registered his second strike of the season against United after 51 minutes, when he created space to shoot on the edge of the box and drilled a low shot past David de Gea, who had kept his side in the tie until that point.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side won just one of four European “home” games played there this season although the Argentinian’s side did end Chelsea’s 13-match winning streak earlier this season with a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane. Manchester City and Arsenal will play for the other place in the final.
“We played our game, we did it our way, like we have for the last six months or so, and we did it well”.
When Belgium forward Hazard went to ground again it proved too much for a furious Mourinho who raced across his technical area where he was met by an equally impassioned Conte.
Having said this, Chelsea has warmed the spirits of Manchester United fans in the pre-match that looms over both teams in the quarterfinals round of the FA Cup.
It’s hard to know what will have hurt Jose Mourinho more – a second successive defeat on his old stamping ground, being told to “f*** off” by fans who once worshipped him or being beaten at his own game.
United’s keeper then did equally well to claw out Nemanja Matic’s low shot from the resulting corner.
Hazard was becoming a target for persistent fouling. From the free kick, Herrera, already on a yellow card, tripped Hazard.
But Conte isn’t willing to take Mourinho’s claims lying down.
Mourinho was furious that Cahill escaped any form of punishment for a foul on Marcus Rashford, who overcame illness to fill the void left by Ibrahimovic’s suspension.
Conte was so wound up by the constant fouling he became embroiled in a touchline row with United boss Mourinho that ended with the rivals being separated by the fourth official.
The halftime whistle was well-timed. That is despite the fact I had not planned to leave Villarreal so soon, and I knew I would get less playing time at United.