‘I was a bit lucky' - Giroud admits De Gea should have saved his FA Cup opener
Olivier Giroud has admitted that David De Gea should have saved his opener in the FA Cup semi-finals, and that he was a "bit lucky".
Frank Lampard's men were good value for their victory as they dominated possessionwhile stifling their opponents' attacking threat, but they also benefitted from De Gea's horror show between the sticks.
Giroud put the Blues 1-0 upon half-time when he turned home aCesar Azpilicueta cross, with the United goalkeeper guilty of failing to keep the ball out at his near post.
The Spanish shot-stopper's afternoon got even worse when he allowed a tame Mason Mount effort from distance to slip through his gloves less than a minute into the second half.
Chelsea increased their advantage when Maguire put through his own netin the 74th minute, before Bruno Fernandes scored a late consolation for the Red Devils from the penalty spot.
Giroud concedes that he benefitted from a huge slice of good fortune to score his eighth goal of the season, as he told the Blues' official website:"I try to stay in front of my defender and Azpi had time to cross the ball well, and I like to take it with the outside of the left.
"I was a bit lucky in the end because it was a bit on David De Gea, it was so close, but it went quick and I think that is why he didn’t save it."
United had beaten Chelsea in all three of their previous meetings this term, but Lampard got his tactics spot-on as he watched his side book a place in the final against Arsenal on August 1.
"It is true we lost three games against them, even if we played sometimes very well,"said Giroud as he reflected on the victory.
"We have been punished for different mistakes and the team took the chance to do something about it by not making the same mistakes again, with a lot of discipline, focus and aggression in the pressing. We have done well, even if we have not played the 3-4-3 for a while.
"We were very committed to work all together and we have seen it on the pitch, we have been good in finishing also so it was a good afternoon for us."
The Frenchman added on the prospect of facing his former employers' Arsenal in the showpiece event and his impressive record in English football's oldest competition:"I was lucky I won four FA Cups and hopefully this is going to be the fifth one.
Source : goal.com
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