Chelsea have set up an FA Cup final clash with Manchester United courtesy of a 2-0 win over Southampton at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Second-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata were enough to move Antonio Conte’s charges into a second showpiece final in a row as they hope to claim an eighth FA Cup crown.
The Blues will now take on United at Wembley in May where Conte will renew his fierce rivalry with Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea grabbed the crucial opener straight after half time thanks to Giroud, who showed outstanding composure to outmanoeuvre two defenders and prod home with the outside of his right boot to make it 1-0 in the 46th minute.
Conte introduced Morata with under 10 minutes to play and the forward finally closed the game out having been on the pitch for just 86 seconds. Cesar Azpilicueta turned the ball towards the back post from deep on the right, leaving Morata to rise above his marker and head home.
Saints might just have made the closing stages a little more interesting, but Austin could only turn an effort back across the face of goal and off the far post as Chelsea were left to march into the final courtesy of a 2-0 win.