Where are they now: Chelsea's 2018 FA Cup winning side

Chelsea will be hoping it’s a case of third time lucky ahead of facing Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel’s Blues were beaten by Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Carabao Cup final on penalties earlier in the campaign, and Tuchel will be gunning for revenge against his compatriot, in the second meeting between the two clubs at Wembley this season.

The Stamford Bridge side have reached their third consecutive FA Cup final but have lost the last two showpieces against Arsenal and Leicester City.

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The reigning European and world champions last success in the prestigious competition came back in 2018 when Antonio Conte’s Blues thwarted Manchester United and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho with a 1-0 win.

Ahead of Saturday’s 2022 final, we take a look at the Chelsea side that saw off the Red Devils four years ago…

Thibaut Courtois

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The 2018 FA Cup final was Courtois’ last game as a Chelsea player before securing a move back to the Spanish capital with Real Madrid.

His appearance in the final was the Belgian international’s first outing in the FA Cup during the 2017/18 campaign.

The 29-year-old won four trophies during his time in West London and he’ll be hoping to win the Champions League for the first time when Los Blancos face Liverpool in the final later this month.

César Azpilicueta

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Aside from the Community Shield, the Chelsea club captain has won everything that he could possibly get his hands on in English football.

But the Spanish international will be targeting a second FA Cup success since moving to England 10 years ago from Marseille.

Gary Cahill

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The 2017/18 campaign was the last season where Cahill was a regular in the Chelsea backline before he moved to Crystal Palace on a free transfer in the summer of 2019.

Cahill made 290 appearances for the Blues and won eight trophies during his time with the club.

The 36-year-old helped Bournemouth achieve promotion back to the top-flight this season, but his contract with the Cherries expires in the summer.

Antonio Rudiger

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The departure of one of the world’s best central defenders on a free transfer this summer will leave Tuchel with a huge void to fill.

The German international has been at his imposing and dominant self since the former Paris Saint Germain took over the reins from Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

With a move to Real Madrid all but agreed, the former Roma man will leave West London after five years at the club.

Marcos Alonso

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The former Fiorentina man’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of next season, but he could follow Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Spain in the summer according to reports.

The 31-year-old favours a move back to his homeland and the Blues will likely allow the seven-time Spain international leave the club with his contract only having 12 months remaining.

Victor Moses

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Conte was a big fan of the Nigerian international and showcased his man management prowess by turning the winger into a formidable right wing-back.

Conte and Moses’ love affair didn’t end in London as the Italian signed the former Crystal Palace youngster during his time as Inter Milan manager.

The 31-year-old is currently playing for Russian side Spartak Moscow.

Tiemoué Bakayoko

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After the talented midfielder was signed from Monaco with a big pedigree for £40m, the one-time France international hasn’t played for the Blues since the 2018 FA Cup final.

The 27-year-old has two loan spells with AC Milan as well as season-long moves to former club Monaco and Napoli, but he looks set to return to Stamford Bridge again this summer.

Cesc Fabregas

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The legendary Spaniard was a big hit at Stamford Bridge despite his prior affiliation and connection with rivals Arsenal.

Fabregas’ vision and creativity saw him be a huge asset in the Chelsea side until his weary legs started to get the better of him in England.

The 35-year-old hasn’t played for the Monaco first team since September and his contract with the Ligue 1 giants expires at the end of June.

N’Golo Kante

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What a signing the little Frenchman has been and he remains our driving force in the heart of midfield.

Finding a long-term replacement for the 31-year-old at Stamford Bridge could be an impossible task but here’s hoping the Premier League, Champions League and World Cup winner has plenty of miles left in the tank yet.

Olivier Giroud

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After three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, Giroud made the move to Italian giants AC Milan with the target of securing regular first team football.

The 35-year-old has scored 12 goals for the Rossoneri this season and Milan are two games away from winning their first Serie A title in 11 years.

Eden Hazard

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The Belgian’s first half penalty proved to be the matchwinner against Manchester United in the 2018 FA Cup final and after finishing the 2018/19 Premier League campaign with 16 goals and 15 assists from 37 matches, Real Madrid inevitably came calling.

The 31-year-old signed for the Spanish giants in June 2019 for £89m, but his career has done nothing but take a nosedive ever since.

Hazard will finish the 2021/22 season with not one La Liga goal to his name.

Passionate Football fan that completed a NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.