'Lots of things up in the air': Gary Lineker lists what new Chelsea owners must sort out following FA Cup heartache

Gary Lineker says the new Chelsea owners have several things to address once they are officially installed at the club.

Speaking on the BBC after the FA Cup final, Lineker reminded Todd Boehly and his team of the tasks waiting for them next season.

One of the jobs will be to lift Thomas Tuchel’s men following their second defeat at Wembley in just a few months.

What happened in the FA Cup final?

Chelsea failed to overcome Liverpool once again under the fabled arch, with the battle of wits eventually won by the side wearing red.

Exactly like the Carabao Cup final, the tie could not be decided in 120 minutes.

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Chances came and went for both camps, but neither managed to stick one away.

Christian Pulisic came close on several occasions, only to see his efforts drag wide of the post.

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Luis Diaz was a real menace throughout his appearance, narrowly missing Edouard Mendy’s net on several occasions.

Liverpool almost won it in normal time, yet Chelsea had the woodwork to thank twice for keeping them in it.

They were then cursing the lick of paint during the resulting penalty shoot-out.

Cesar Azpilicueta struck the post after Marcos Alonso had stuck one away.

The two Spaniards could only watch on in despair as Klopp’s team dispatched their shots from 12-yards.

Until Mendy denied Sadio Mane, sending the drama to sudden death.

But the tension ended pretty quickly, as Mason Mount failed to beat Alisson, allowing Kostas Tsimikas to become the Liverpool hero.

Plenty on the plate of the new owners

The Chelsea players looked absolutely exhausted by the final whistle.

Not only because of the huge effort they had just exerted, but because of the mammoth campaign they’ve endured, compounded by all the things happening away from the pitch.

Thankfully, the new ownership era is almost underway, although their own project still has pretty far to go.

“They’ve got quite a lot to sort out the new owners,” said Lineker.

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“New contracts, lot of players coming to the end of them. One or two of them leaving. (Romelu) Lukaku’s future. Lots of things up in the air.”

Antonio Rudiger played his final FA Cup game for Chelsea, with Azpilicueta potentially doing the same.

The skipper might just have ended his career as a Blue on the sourest of notes.

Let’s hope he has another chance at lifting a trophy next year.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.