CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID

Real Madrid Training Session and Press Conference

Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Gareth Bale (R) listen to Zinedine Zidane manager of Real Madrid.

 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID

Mighty La Liga giant club Real Madrid face Liverpool Fc in 2018 Champions League Final


The road to Kiev is set for thousands of avid Liverpool and Real Madrid fans who are attending Saturday's Champions League Final in Ukraine. Ahead of the battle to be named "Kings of Europe", Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane talked with the press today at Real Madrid City at Open Media Day. Zidane spoke candidly about his side’s upcoming Champions League final with Liverpool in Kiev. Top, last minute, 150% guaranteed football tickets for the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool are still for sale securely online from LiveFootballTickets.com!

 

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“I don't know how much our rivals want this, but what I can assure you of is the desire that this club has, it never goes away. No one can say we don't have that same hunger. We're Real Madrid and that is what we're about. We always strive for more and we will give it our all,” said Whites coach Zidane. “Our experience will not give us any edge at all. It's a football match and we have to show that we want to win it.”


Zidane was asked if his men want the Champions League trophy as much as Liverpool do.

 

“Real Madrid always look to win, but you can't always count on it. The important thing for us is to show our drive and ensure we don't slip up. You need setbacks in life if you want to improve. We are ready for the game. How can anyone think we have less hunger than our rivals? That is not true. They are going to throw everything at us and we know that. They had a great season and things can get tricky at any time. There are no surprises and both teams know each other really well. They are a good team, they made it to the final and they deserve to be here just like us. We must prepare for the game, look at our opponent’s flaws and try to hurt them. It is one match and we are both playing away from home. We are ready and experience will not give us any edge at all. It's a football match and we have to show that we want to win it. It's a final. We both want to win the trophy. Winning last year is irrelevant and so is the fact they have not reached the final for 11 years. We want to see a great football match and we are going to give it everything. It is always like that.”

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

“It is brilliant just to get to the final itself because it is never easy. Winning two Champions League finals was spectacular, we had to suffer. In the knockout stages, you have to play against the best in Europe and that has a certain important value, especially if you cast your memory back over the tough season we have had”, added Zidane. “We are in the final and we have four days to prepare for it. The hardest part is getting into the final. It has been complicated this year and winning away from home never means the tie is dead. This time we will fight to the death”.


Zidane talked about his experience as a manager and former footballer.


"I know how things work in the dressing room and sometimes the magic doesn’t happen if they do not get along. Perhaps you can still win trophies, but to win regularly you need a good, united dressing room. My players get along well. They work very well together and just that talent alone is not enough. Without hard work, you cannot win. They have that raw talent and also the work ethic. It is not simply that it is the third final in a row. I have a group of incredible players. When I was a player I did not what being on the bench was like, but it must be hard," said Zidane. “I spent 17 or 18 years as a player, worked with many coaches and some gifted players with the ego to match. I know very well how players think and that is important for a coach, but that's not the only thing. That will not win you games, you need grit and a philosophy."

 

"Tactically I'm not the best coach, the press say it themselves, but I have the drive and passion and that means a lot. It was much easier for me as a player,” continued Zidane. “You all know what I do well and badly. I am so passionate about football. Every now and then things give me a headache but that is the life of a coach. The people on the bench are also very important. The players that do not start cannot think they will not feature at all because from the bench my players can make a real difference and be the game changer. I want everyone switched on. That's why I am not saying now who plays because that can damage a footballer."

 

"I’ve been here for almost three years. There has not been a specific moment that stands out. If I have to highlight something it is the day to day work. If you look at how we work, despite the difficulties we’ve come across, we deliver, we have the enthusiasm needed and the desire to always give it our best. I always remain positive. My parents taught me that. If you think you're going to fail then you most likely will. You must always stay positive”.

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Zidane was asked about the fitness of “top dog” Cristiano Ronaldo, and about CR7’s relationship with Benzema.


“A player can go through some hard times, but when he does not score he does not get wound up. He knows that the next game he could maybe score two or three goals. That is what happened this year. That's what makes him the best. There are players that do not thrive under pressure but some do thrive. He is one of those that do. The more you criticize him, the more you should beware. I am a quiet person and in the end, it is better to have Cristiano Ronaldo by your side because he shows year in year out that he is top dog. He will be vital because he is the best there is”.

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Cristiano Ronaldo who won his fifth Ballon d'Or in 2017 said, “My motivation is still intact, I strive to get better every day.”

“I don't know what it is exactly, but I know these kinds of things don't happen all the time. You can get great players who do not link up well, but they do. When a group works hard and connects well it is a great thing. All of the work we do throughout the week is what fosters such a strong link,” said Zidane about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Benzema link.

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Superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

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Cristiano Ronaldo exercises with Real Madrid teammates under the guidance of their head coach Zinedine Zidane during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at Valdebebas training ground on May 22, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Zidane was also asked about the fitness of Welshman Gareth Bale and his line-up.

“He is doing well, he scored plenty of goals and has found real continuity, especially in terms of regular training. He did well in the run-in, scoring goals and performing well,” said Zidane about Bale. "I'm not going to tell you. You’ll see soon enough. They can’t all play, some of my players are set and some are not going to play at all. That's the hardest thing: to reach the final and know that you're not going to get any game time. "

Ahead of the Champions League Final clash with Liverpool, Zidane talked about his respect for Liverpool boss Jergen Klopp.

“He is a great coach, he showed that at Dortmund and he continues to impress with Liverpool, which is paramount. I have loads of respect for him, he is an expert coach”.

   

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Manchester United was the first Community Shield champion in 1908. The Football Association Community Shield is English football's annual match contested between the champions of the previous Premier League season - Man City, and the current winners of the FA Cup - Chelsea Fc, that is held at Wembley Stadium in London to open the England Premier League season with a bang. The current Community Shield champion is Arsenal F.C. who under the leadership of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger defeated Chelsea on penalties in August 2017 to win their 15th Community Shield title. The most successful club in the history of the Community Shield is Manchester United who to date have won 21 titles. Here is a complete list of previous Community Shield winners and a link at the bottom of the article to buy great Community Shield tickets:

COMMUNITY SHIELD HISTORY OF WINNERS 1908 - 2017
Year – Winner - Score - Runner-up - Venue - Attendance

1908 Manchester United 1–1 Queens Park Rangers Stamford Bridge 6,000
1908 Manchester United 4–0 Queens Park Rangers Stamford Bridge 50,000
1909 Newcastle United 2–0 Northampton Town Stamford Bridge 7,000
1910 Brighton and Hove Albion 1–0 Aston Villa Stamford Bridge 13,000
1911 Manchester United 8–4 Swindon Town Stamford Bridge 10,000
1912 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Queens Park Rangers White Hart Lane 7,100
1913 English Professionals XIdouble-dagger 7–2 English Amateurs XIdouble-dagger The Den (original) 15,000
1920 West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 38,168
1921 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Burnley White Hart Lane 18,000
1922 Huddersfield Town 1–0 Liverpool Old Trafford 20,000
1923 English Professionals XIdouble-dagger 2–0 English Amateurs XIdouble-dagger Stamford Bridge 11,000
1924 English Professionals XIdouble-dagger 3–1 English Amateurs XIdouble-dagger Highbury Stadium 10,000
1925 English Amateurs XIdouble-dagger 6–1 English Professionals XIdouble-dagger White Hart Lane 5,000
1926 English Amateurs XIdouble-dagger 6–3 English Professionals XIdouble-dagger Maine Road 1,500
1927 Cardiff City 2–1 Corinthian Stamford Bridge 16,500
1928 Everton 2–1 Blackburn Rovers Old Trafford 4,000
1929 English Professionals XIdouble-dagger 3–0 English Amateurs XIdouble-dagger The Den (original) 6,000
1930 Arsenal 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday Stamford Bridge 18,000
1931 Arsenal 1–0 West Bromwich Albion Villa Park 21,276
1932 Everton 5–3 Newcastle United St James' Park 10,000
1933 Arsenal 3–0 Everton Goodison Park 20,000
1934 Arsenal 4–0 Manchester City Highbury Stadium 10,888
1935 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Arsenal Highbury Stadium 15,000
1936 Sunderland 2–1 Arsenal Roker Park 15,000
1937 Manchester City 2–0 Sunderland Maine Road 14,000
1938 Arsenal 2–1 Preston North End Highbury Stadium 7,233
1948 Arsenal 4–3 Manchester United Highbury Stadium 31,000
1949 Portsmouth 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Highbury Stadium 35,140 
1950 England World Cup XIdouble-dagger 4–2 FA Canadian Touring Teamdouble-dagger Stamford Bridge 38,468
1951 Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Newcastle United White Hart Lane 27,760
1952 Manchester United 4–2 Newcastle United Old Trafford 11,381
1953 Arsenal 3–1 Blackpool Highbury Stadium 39,853
1954 West Bromwich Albion 4-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux Stadium 45,035
1955 Chelsea 3–0 Newcastle United Stamford Bridge 12,802
1956 Manchester United 1–0 Manchester City Maine Road 30,495
1957 Manchester United 4–0 Aston Villa Old Trafford 27,923
1958 Bolton Wanderers 4–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Burnden Park 36,029 
1959 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Nottingham Forest Molineux Stadium 32,329
1960 Burnley 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Turf Moor 19,873
1961 Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 FA Select XIdouble-dagger White Hart Lane 36,593 
1962 Tottenham Hotspur 5–1 Ipswich Town Portman Road 20,067
1963 Everton 4–0 Manchester United Goodison Park 54,844
1964 Liverpool 2-2 West Ham United Anfield 38,858
1965 Liverpool 2-2 Manchester United Old Trafford 48,502
1966 Liverpool 1–0 Everton Goodison Park 63,329
1967 Manchester United 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur Old Trafford 54,106
1968 Manchester City 6–1 West Bromwich Albion Maine Road 35,510
1969 Leeds United 2–1 Manchester City Elland Road 39,835
1970 Everton 2–1 Chelsea Stamford Bridge 43,547
1971 Leicester City 1–0 Liverpool Filbert Street 25,104
1972 Manchester City 1–0 Aston Villa Villa Park 34,859
1973 Burnley 1–0 Manchester City Maine Road 23,988
1974 Liverpool 1–1dagger[E] Leeds United Wembley Stadium (original) 67,000 
1975 Derby County 2–0 West Ham United Wembley Stadium (original) 59,000 
1976 Liverpool 1–0 Southampton Wembley Stadium (original) 76,500
1977 Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium (original) 82,000 
1978 Nottingham Forest 5–0 Ipswich Town Wembley Stadium (original) 68,000 
1979 Liverpool 3–1 Arsenal Wembley Stadium (original) 92,800 
1980 Liverpool 1–0 West Ham United Wembley Stadium (original) 90,000 
1981 Aston Villa 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur Wembley Stadium (original) 92,500 
1982 Liverpool 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur Wembley Stadium (original) 82,500 
1983 Manchester United 2–0 Liverpool Wembley Stadium (original) 92,000 
1984 Everton 1–0 Liverpool Wembley Stadium (original) 100,000 
1985 Everton 2–0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium (original) 82,000 
1986 Everton 1-1 Liverpool Wembley Stadium (original) 88,231
1987 Everton 1–0 Coventry City Wembley Stadium (original) 88,000
1988 Liverpool 2–1 Wimbledon Wembley Stadium (original) 54,887
1989 Liverpool 1–0 Arsenal Wembley Stadium (original) 63,149
1990 Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United Wembley Stadium (original) 66,558 
1991 Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur Wembley Stadium (original) 65,483 
1992 Leeds United 4–3 Liverpool Wembley Stadium (original) 61,291
1993 Manchester United 1–1dagger[F] Arsenal Wembley Stadium (original) 66,519
1994 Manchester United 2–0 Blackburn Rovers Wembley Stadium (original) 60,402
1995 Everton 1–0 Blackburn Rovers Wembley Stadium (original) 40,149
1996 Manchester United 4–0 Newcastle United Wembley Stadium (original) 73,214
1997 Manchester United 1–1dagger[G] Chelsea Wembley Stadium (original) 73,636
1998 Arsenal 3–0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium (original) 67,342 
1999 Arsenal 2–1 Manchester United Wembley Stadium (original) 70,185 
2000 Chelsea 2–0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium (original) 65,148 
2001 Liverpool 2–1 Manchester United Millennium Stadium 70,227
2002 Arsenal 1–0 Liverpool Millennium Stadium 67,337 
2003 Manchester United 1–1dagger[H] Arsenal Millennium Stadium 59,923 
2004 Arsenal 3–1 Manchester United Millennium Stadium 63,317
2005 Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal Millennium Stadium 58,014 
2006 Liverpool 2–1 Chelsea Millennium Stadium 56,275 
2007 Manchester United 1–1dagger[I] Chelsea Wembley Stadium (new) 80,731
2008 Manchester United 0–0dagger[J] Portsmouth Wembley Stadium (new) 84,808
2009 Chelsea 2–2dagger[K] Manchester United Wembley Stadium (new) 85,896
2010 Manchester United 3–1 Chelsea Wembley Stadium (new) 84,623
2011 Manchester United 3–2 Manchester City Wembley Stadium (new) 77,169 
2012 Manchester City 3–2 Chelsea Villa Park[L] 36,394
2013 Manchester United 2–0 Wigan Athletic Wembley Stadium (new) 80,235
2014 Arsenal 3–0 Manchester City Wembley Stadium (new) 71,523
2015 Arsenal 1–0 Chelsea Wembley Stadium (new) 85,437
2016 Manchester United 2–1 Leicester City Wembley Stadium (new) 85,437 
2017 Arsenal 1–1 dagger[M] Chelsea Wembley Stadium (new) 83,325

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LIONEL MESSI WINS 5th GOLDEN SHOE

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BARCA'S LIONEL MESSI WINS 5th GOLDEN SHOE

Barcelona superstar striker Leo Messi wins 2018 Golden Shoe award

Lionel Messi has scored 45 goals in all competitions this season to win the Golden Boot. In addition to his 34 goals in the Spanish La Liga elite league, Messi has also scored 6 goals in the UEFA Champions League, 4 in the Copa del Rey and 1 in the Spanish Super Cup, making a total of 34 goals in 54 appearances. Messi has produced 17 assists, his 12 in La Liga more than any other player in the competition. Messi continues to set new records. The Argentine has ended the season with 34 goals in Spanish La Liga, making him not only Pichichi winner but also the top scorer in Europe and winner of the Golden Shoe award for a record-breaking fifth time. With his 34 strikes, Messi finishes two ahead of second-placed Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in the rankings. The amazing Barça number 10 won the award for the second successive season and to become the first player to win it no less than 5 times. Messi topped the goalscoring rankings in Europe for the first time in 2009-2010 with 34 goals; in 2011-2012 he took it with an stunning total of 50; a season later with an also impressive 46m and last season with 30 goals. The Argentine’s consistency is undeniable: in 8 of the last 9 seasons, he has finished first or second in the rankings of all of Europe’s top goalscorers. 

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Messi came off the bench late on as Barca rounded off their season with a victory over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou, with the Argentine also claiming the Pichichi Trophy for the top goalscorer in the Primera Division.

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Barcelona's Leo Messi ended the 2017-2018 season by winning his fifth Golden Shoe and Pichici awards. Mo Salah was his top competition in the race for the former, but Messi was way ahead of his contemporaries in the domestic competition. Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane again lost out. Had Messi scored in his cameo appearance against Real Sociedad on Sunday night, it would've been Barcelona's 6,000th goal in the league and 100th this season. Buy Barcelona tickets and other Spanish La Liga tickets now securely online from LiveFootballTickets.com!

   

CHELSEA BEAT MAN UTD TO WIN 2018 FA CUP FINAL

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Chelsea's Olivier Giroud holds the Emirates FA Cup trophy in celebration of his side's 1-0 win, with his teammates Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata, Thibaut Courtois, Olivier Giroud following The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Man United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, in London, England.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring a goal to make the score 1-0 with Olivier Giroud (L) during the Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England

Eden Hazard, FA Cup Final match hero, celebrates scoring winning goal for Chelsea with Olivier Giroud

CHELSEA BEAT MAN UTD TO WIN 2018 FA CUP FINAL

FA Cup Final 2018: Chelsea Fc 1-0 Manchester United

Eden Hazard was the match hero as the Belgium's penalty saw the Blues crowned as the 2018 FA Cup winners. The Chelsea forward was the star of the show before a sold-out crowd at Wembley Stadium in London. Hazard scored his first half-spot kick in his 300th game for Chelsea after being felled by United's Phil Jones. Hazard's goal went past United superstar goalie David de Gea to make the difference as it saw Antonio Conte's Blues win the FA Cup. Courtois gets credit for Chelsea's clean sheet.

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Antonio Conte talked with the media prior to the match. 

“We have worked very hard to prepare for this game. The result of the last game was not positive, and the team have to play in a better way if they want to win this final. It is normal to send messages of positivity to the group, but the best way to do that is to work, and we prepare that way. Our starting XI is the same team we played against Liverpool two weeks ago. It is the best formation, the best XI for us today. I don’t think we have had a disappointing season, finishing fifth can happen in England. It is a great achievement to play two finals in a row in this important competition; now we have to change the result of last season.”

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Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gets credit for Chelsea's clean sheet.

Chelsea are deserved winners of the coveted FA Cup trophy after they controlled the game and won the prestigious match with one clinical play. Eden Hazard's penalty decided the match as Chelsea join Spurs as the third most successful club in FA Cup history with their eighth win. Superstar Chelsea striker Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty was the only goal of the match, but enough to seal an eighth FA Cup title for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea. The trophy followed Conte’s England Premier League title success from last season – his first at Stamford Bridge. Conte talked about the uncertainty over his position as Chelsea manager, and whether or not the Italian boss will be around to fulfill the final year of his contract. Chelsea finished fifth in the Premier League this season and missed out on Champions League qualification. Conte said he would not change his ways, and that if the club did not want to carry on with him, he would understand. However, he declared that he remained committed to staying on until the end of his contract.

“When you are used to winning every season, this type of season can create some problems in yourself,” Conte said. “But I also think in a difficult season like this, I showed I’m a serial winner. To win in this way this season gives me more satisfaction than my wins in the past. After two years, the club knows me very well,” Conte said. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me. I can’t change. I am this and my past speaks very clearly, as a player and as a manager. I’m a serial winner. I showed this in England in a difficult moment for the club after a 10th-place finish in 2015-2016. In two seasons, I brought two trophies for this club. I have a contract and I’m committed for this club. As you know very well, our job is not simple. I understand that the club can make a decision, a positive decision or a negative decision. I’m the first to understand. You have to understand if, in this season, we had the maximum or not. There is the possibility, with this group of players, that we did the maximum. For sure, we’ll make the best decision. I’m the first to accept every decision for the future. After these two seasons, I will always love this club and these fans – also if my future must be in a different way.”

Manchester United’s 1-0 loss in the FA Cup Final means they end the 2017-2018 season trophyless. No doubt Mourinho will be under added pressure to win important silverware during his upcoming third season at the Red Devils next term. Mourinho reportedly will be handed around £150m to spend in the transfer market and he wants a center-back, a full-back, and a central midfielder to strengthen his squad.

Chelsea vs. Manchester United - The Emirates FA Cup Final

“We tried to defend well. We scored one goal, it’s enough today. Though if we want to win a lot of games, we need to play better, because we just played defensively. But we won it and we are happy. He’s then asked about his future. Now I’m just happy. We didn’t play a great season, but we finished well,” said match-winner Eden Hazard.

Prior to the start of the FA Cup clash, José Mourinho said Romelu Lukaku had made himself available only as a sub in the FA Cup final. Lukaku had missed United’s previous three games with an ankle injury.

“I knew the opponent I was going to play against, that they have a compact low block with lots of physicalities,” said the United manager. “Without a target man, it would be difficult. When a player tells you he’s not ready to play, to start, then the question is: ‘How many minutes do you think you can play?’ How can I convince a player that is not ready to play?”

“Lukaku has decided he is not ready to start but is ready to give us some help. One thing is to start a match and play for 90 minutes, another is to be on the bench and play a few minutes. And that’s what he told us he was ready to do. We change Romelu with Marcus Rashford. Of course, they are two different players but he will play in the same position with different qualities. It is not fair and not my philosophy as a manager to put the responsibility on one player, we have to defend and attack as a team, and Marcus is just one of them. It is better to win than lose, it is much more beautiful, but it is not fair to analyze my players and what they did during the season because of one result. They are one of the two best teams in the two most important domestic competitions in a very difficult country with lots of very good teams. So I think they did a positive season. Can we win? Let’s try everything. I congratulate them because they won, but I don’t think they deserve to win. I congratulate because I am a sportsman. They score one more goal than us and they get the cup, and I have to do what my job asks me to do: I am the Manchester United manager and I have to be respectful, not just because they were my previous club, but because they are the opponent that won the cup. But I think we deserved to win, we were the best team, but that’s football. I am curious to know what you say, what people write because I can imagine if my team played like Chelsea did, I can imagine what everyone will say. I am quite curious. But I am on holiday. I gave everything I could, I know the players gave everything, it was hard for us to play without Lukaku against a team who play nine players in the box, you need that presence. They are not stupid, they know without Lukaku we don’t have a presence, without Fellaini we don’t have a presence, so with eight or nine players in the box, they knew they were going to be dominant. For me, the image of the game is that David de Gea didn’t touch the ball. We did everything, we tried, it’s the kind of defeat, while it hurts, we gave everything, no regrets.”

In Jose Mourinho’s post-match interview the manager was reticent to talk about the loss, saying his men deserved the win.

"With your questions, I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. I'm quite curious to especially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important."

Mourinho does not think Chelsea deserved to win.

"I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything."We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have the presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. I congratulate them."

FA Cup Final 2018 Squads

Chelsea made three changes to the team that played Newcastle on the final day of the 2017-2018 England Premier League last Sunday as Andreas Christensen, Emerson, and Ross Barkley made way for Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, and Cesc Fabregas. Meanwhile Man United played a trailside against Watford last weekend. Ashley Young, Marcus Rashford, and Alexis Sanchez are the only additions to United’s starting XI. Romelu Lukaku was found to be fit but started the cup on the bench.

Chelsea

Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Morata, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Chalobah.

Manchester United

de Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Sanchez. Subs: Bailly, Mata, Lukaku, Martial, Romero, Darmian, McTominay.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte, right, watch from the sidelines during the English FA Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Fierce rivals Man United manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte clashed in the FA Cup Final

Antonio Conte’s long-time enemy Jose Mourinho was left wondering how he let the FA Cup trophy slip away from him. The answer is the great talent of Belgian striker Eden Hazard. Both managers have managed Hazard and had the advantage of his great quality. England will face Hazard when Belgium meet them in Kaliningrad in the World Cup 2018 next month.

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Belgium international Hazard who is 27, thinks his personality may hold him back from ever winning football’s greatest individual honor.

“My father always told me that. Maybe it’s true,” said Hazard. ‘I think, in football now, if you want to win something like the Ballon d’Or or top scorer, you need to be selfish. But I’m not like this, not at all. I’m just who I am.”

Hazard has refused to confirm he will sign a new contract with Chelsea, with his current deal due to expire in 2020. “For now I am just happy,” said Hazard. “To see the fans celebrate is something we like. We didn’t have a great season but at least we finish with a trophy.”

Hazard’s Chelsea teammate Olivier Giroud has urged him to stay at Chelsea so they can develop their attack skills. However, Hazard has been linked with a transfer this summer and has so far refused to sign a proposed new lucrative contract. The Belgian international wants to wait and see what transfer business Chelsea do this summer before deciding whether to stay or go.

Giroud arrived at Stamford Bridge in January and revealed he and Hazard are already clicking on the pitch and he does not want the forward to leave the club.

“Of course I want Eden to stay — who doesn’t want to play with him?” said Giroud. “I want to carry on working on our partnership. The two of us have only been playing together a short time but we have a good relationship on the field. We play close together because that’s what the manager wants us to do. Obviously when we are in the same areas on the pitch we can find ourselves much better. We like to play together because we have a good understanding, we have different qualities that complement each other. It is easy to play with him. Eden and I are good friends off the pitch as well. He is a nice person, he is easy to get along with. I knew him before I came to Chelsea.” 

Hazard put in a star performance on Saturday when the Blues defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup final that could be Antonio Conte’s last game as Chelsea boss. The Italian said that even winning the FA Cup may not be enough to save his job.

“As you know very well, our job is very difficult. Sometimes you can win but the club decides to sack you anyway because they have a reason to do this,” said Conte.

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Thibaut Courtois said, “It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think it is a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously, City were amazing and we slipped up on our way.”

Gary Cahill commented, “We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners-up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch.”

Cesc Fabregas, “It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined.”

Gary Cahill was thrilled with the result! “It’s unbelievable. This was to save our season. I’m not saying we’ve had a magnificent season by any stretch, but we have to try to win things. We had a lot of defending to do. They pushed us to the line. We’re buzzing, we got the job done. This is a dream come true, as this is the first one as captain. Listen, we needed to achieve this goal for everybody, no matter what happens in the future. We’re not in control of that as players.”