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Chelsea face another encounter with the Once-special One on 19 May. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES


Tim Harrison

By Tim Harrison

Chelsea have been allocated the sunny side of Wembley for the FA Cup final on royal wedding day, 19 May; the reward for beating Southampton in last weekend’s semi.

Fans will bask in the late afternoon warmth on the east side of the stadium, leaving Man U supporters in the shade.

Another encounter with the Once-special One, and the added joy of VAR technology, create an alluring package.

But it’s back to basics this weekend with a tricky away trip to Swansea as the Blues try to maintain pressure on stuttering Spurs for the last Champions League spot.

The next generation – Chelsea’s U18s – are playing a two-leg FA Youth Cup final against Arsenal... but will it lead to any graduations to the first team squad?

Chelsea fans watched the PFA Player of the Year awards through narrowed eyes. They don’t need reminding that 21-year-old striker Mo Salah was swapped for misfit Juan Cuadrado in 2015; part of a hopeless retention policy which has also seen Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne slip through the club’s fingers.

Marcos Alonso did make the stage at the Grosvenor House awards... but only because he was at a loose end during a three-game suspension, and seemed the right fit to give Fran Kirby of Chelsea Ladies her deserved award as Women Players’ Player of the Year. The trophy was as big as her!

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