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Chelsea player ratings: Silva and Jorginho star as faultless Blues stifle free-flowing Man City

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CHELSEA ended Manchester City’s quadruple dreams and made yet another FA Cup final at Wembley.

Hakim Ziyech’s winner was enough for the Blues to progress in a week which also saw them make the Champions League semi-finals.

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Hakim Ziyech scored the winner at Wembley[/caption]
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Thomas Tuchel celebrates with his players after reaching the FA Cup final[/caption]

The Moroccan winger was in fine form and was named man-of-the-match after being recalled to the side.

Timo Werner also did well and provided the assist for the goal before both were replaced late on.

But it was Chelsea’s solidity at the back that won the day with Thiago Silva and Jorginho instrumental in a hugely impressive performance as they kept City’s star-studded attack quiet.

SunSport hands out ratings for Thomas Tuchel’s Blues stars.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 7/10

Made a couple of comfortable saves early on to settle his confidence and had a competent game.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 8

Played well on the ball and made some vital interceptions at the back.

Was an important part of keeping Chelsea tight and strong at crucial moments late on.

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Thiago Silva was a towering presence until he succumbed to a back injury late on[/caption]

Thiago Silva – 9

Went down early doors holding his back but went on to have a commanding performance at the back, winning everything in the box and in the air.

Succumbed to his back complaint late on.

Antonio Rudiger – 8

Tidy on the ball and a threat going forward.

Used his pace well at the back and helped protect Chelsea’s lead with his defensive colleagues.

Reece James – 8

Was harshly booked in the first-half and other than that put in a good shift out on the right.

Ben Chilwell – 8

Always a threat going forward and his energy getting up and back was always a danger for Manchester City.

N’Golo Kante – 8

Worked well alongside Jorginho keeping hold of the ball and moving Chelsea forward.

Was colossal defensively as usual and made many essential interceptions and blocks.

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Jorginho put in a stellar performance in the middle of the park[/caption]

Jorginho – 9

Looked up for this and showed a lot of desire to win the game and helped control possession.

A great selfless performance orchestrating things from the middle throughout.

Mason Mount – 8

Targeted by Fernandinho who escaped punishment for an apparent stamp in the first-half.

But Mount was still Chelsea’s main guy driving forward with the ball and a real threat.

Limped off on 70 minutes after one too many rough challenges.

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Timo Werner teed up Ziyech for the game’s only goal[/caption]

Timo Werner – 8

Some nice football from Werner and his passing was good.

Right on cue, he stepped up with a great run and provided an assist for Ziyech.

Hakim Ziyech – 8

Played well in the first-half and was looking to create a lot on the ball.

Did well to adjust his body to score Chelsea’s goal, but should have scored a second soon after missing a one on one with the keeper.

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Christian Pulisic (on for Mount, 70) – 7

Looked sprightly off the bench, unlucky to have a nice finish ruled out for offside which would have sealed things late on.

Kai Havertz (on for Werner, 79) – N/A

Emerson (on for Ziyech, 79) – N/A

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