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Antonio Conte's side made a dream start when Willian fired them in front just four minutes in, although they were pegged back by Harry Kane's equaliser 14 minutes later.

But Willian restored Chelsea's lead from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute after Son Heung-Min had fouled Victor Moses.

But Conte was able to call on the serious firepower he had kept in reserve.

Brazilian winger Willian and Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi were drafted in for the Wembley showdown, with Hazard and Costa on the bench.

The Blues broke the deadlock after just five minutes when Willian curled home a fine free-kick into the far corner.

The jubilant Blues will face the winners of Sunday's semi-final between Manchester City and Arsenal in the final on Saturday, May 27th.

Tottenham's Emirates FA Cup run ended at the Wembley Stadium after shipping in four goals against arch-rival Chelsea on Saturday.

This type of result has to be crushing for Tottenham.

Marcos Alonso and Costa looked to compound matters as Spurs fans streamed out, with Kane close to a stoppage-time consolation after his free-kick squirmed through Courtois' grasp.

'We deserved this after a very tough game against a really strong team.

"I feel proud, we were fantastic in the way we played and in our philosophy".

The FA Cup semi-final represented a ideal opportunity for Tottenham to generate extra momentum in the title race, but instead it provided further proof that they have some way to go to be regarded as the very best when it matters most, writes Pete Hall.

"In this situation it is not easy to understand", he said.

On the day Mal, relax you won! It was a rash tackle and one you fear Ben Davies or a more defensive-minded player wouldn't have made.

"It is very hard for me to understand this dynamic because in this part of the season you must try to have balance, to understand the situation, and to try to put both teams in the same condition to fight and then to do their best".

Four goals was harsh on a Tottenham side who had more than held their own for the most part, but it was nearly worse in the closing stages when Marcos Alonso and Costa both wasted clear chances to pour salt into the wound for Conte's side.

While it's a bit silly for us to be complaining about fixtures after enjoying a rather sparse calendar for most of the season (including the holiday period), it still quite clearly factored into Conte's decision-making for today. "Our football today doesn't pay what we deserve but I know football; sometimes you play well and don't win". "That is our objective". "I think this is the right moment", Conte told reporters on Friday.

Spurs are developing into a side with outstanding talent in all parts of the pitch but they were brought down by Chelsea's streetwise, experienced approach and Conte's clever use of his greater resources.

With Spurs set to play their league games at Wembley next year, they will have to find a solution quick. It's no surprise that these are the two top teams in England, as they both have some excellent players. We scored the first goal, they equalised, we scored the second and they didn't give up.

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