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The key battle grounds as Liverpool beat Chelsea in Wembley final again

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After 120 minutes and a penalty shootout Liverpool finally saw off the challenge of Chelsea to lift the FA Cup for the eighth time.

The key to Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system is the wing-backs.

A Kostas Tsimikas penalty ushered in wild scenes from Liverpool players on the pitch and in the stands for their relieved, ecstatic fans.

The Liverpool full-back was exposed again early in the second-half when he lost Alonso who shot just past the post and the pattern did not change.

In the second-half Tuchel pushed both Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic out wider, rather than running from behind Romelu Lukaku and it looked like an attempt to stop Liverpool’s full-backs from attacking so freely and was successful.

The big question was whether they could keep them high and wide given Liverpool’s strength on the flanks, while the issue for Liverpool was whether they pressed them with their attacking players or their full-backs.

But Reece James and Marcos Alonso were always going to be the most likely source for Chelsea and so it proved.
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