Timo Werner has played in every minute of Chelsea's FA Cup run so far ahead of semi

Thursday 14 Apr 2022

Chelsea have enjoyed both success and disappointment in the Emirates FA Cup over the last 15 years, winning the competition on five occasions since 2017 while also losing the last two Finals.

The Blues arrive back at Wembley on Sunday, when they take on fellow Londoners Crystal Palace in the semi-final.

And Chelsea forward Timo Werner has been a key figure in their run to the semi-final, having played in all of their ties so far.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace
  • The Emirates FA Cup semi-final
  • 4.30pm, Sunday 17 April 2022
  • Wembley Stadium connected by EE
  • Live on ITV One in the UK

We caught up with the German international ahead of the game for the official matchday programme and you can read a few of his thoughts below.

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You’ve played every minute of the Emirates FA Cup run so far, what are your memories of the early rounds?

I think we’ve had a very good FA Cup season, we haven’t had the strongest opponents so far on paper but no match has been easy. A lot of teams had problems against the likes of Middlesbrough and that [quarter-final] was very tough, like the games before it. It hasn’t been easy to get to the semi-finals but we’re glad to be here.

What kind of challenge are you expecting from Crystal Palace?

It’s a semi-final and in these matches everyone gives absolutely everything. I think they’ve shown in the past few weeks, the quality they possess. We played there a few months ago and it was difficult. We scored late on but it was a very tough match. It’s very difficult to play against them. At the end, though, we want to get to that Final.

Crystal Palace have a number of players who have been very impressive so far this season – are there any you’re making special plans for?

They have a lot of good individual players, they’re dangerous going forward and they’re also very strong at the back. They are a very good counter-attacking team and we have to watch them on the break. As a team, they’re very strong and they have quality throughout their side – they can hurt you.

 

And two London clubs coming together for a semi-final should make for a special atmosphere?

Definitely. I think it’s a game that everyone will be looking forward to – a derby at Wembley in a semi-final. You can’t have a better game than that. It’s going to be very tough, but a good game.

What would it mean to win an FA Cup Final in front of a full house at Wembley?

It would mean a lot. We’ve lost three finals at Wembley over the past two years so we want to win one! First, though, it’s all about this match. We can’t look beyond the semi-final at the moment.

By Nicholas Veevers