‘He’s been massive’: Marc Guehi shares how Conor Gallagher has reacted to FA Cup omission against Chelsea

Conor Gallagher has apparently responded positively to Chelsea’s decision not to allow him to represent Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-final.

This is according to fellow Eagle Marc Guehi, who told reporters earlier today that Gallagher had taken the gutting news well ahead of Sunday’s clash at Wembley.

Gallagher stopped at the FA Cup semi-final front door

Chelsea made the call to prevent their academy product from thwarting them at the national stadium in just over 48 hours’ time.

Thomas Tuchel admitted he had spoken and apologised to the midfielder in person about turning down Palace’s request.

“We had a chat, then the subject came up, and I apologised because I know how competitive he is, and I like him a lot and know his character very well,” explained the German coach.  

Whilst their conclusion is justifiable, it doesn’t make the verdict any less heart-breaking for the England international.

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He played in all of the rounds leading up to the semis, assisting against both Millwall and Hartlepool early on in the tournament.

The 22-year-old was excellent at home to Everton and deserves more than anybody to have a shot at silverware.

“It’s hard for him. He wants to play,” said Guehi on his comrade for club and country.

“He’s been massive for us in the competition but he’s been great this week, getting behind the team and supporting the team.”

The winner takes it all

All Gallagher can do is watch on from the stands and will Palace over the line to ensure he gets a chance at lifting the trophy.

Although, his allegiance might be slightly torn, as he’s grown up watching Chelsea win the FA Cup on numerous occasions.

But the matter is totally out of his hands now.

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That responsibility lies on the shoulders of Tuchel and Patrick Vieira’s respective squads.

Palace must prevent their London rivals from reaching a fourth FA Cup final in five years, whilst simultaneously getting there for the first time since 2016.   

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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.