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Freddie Ljungberg: ‘Arsenal needed a big trophy every year. I loved it’

Ljungberg discusses his time at Arsenal, his teammates, his coaching career and what he learned from Arsène WengerBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkI never, ever get nervous. But the day I made my debut for Arsenal, I remember standin…

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FA Cup final and Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend

Foxes’ Wembley success is based on strong management, Alli’s revival and Harrison’s future Of all of the post-match scenes, as the emotion ran wild through the Leicester ranks, was anything more touching than when the club’s chairman, Top Srivaddhanapr…

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FA Cup final and Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend

Foxes’ Wembley success is based on strong management, Alli’s revival and Harrison’s future Of all of the post-match scenes, as the emotion ran wild through the Leicester ranks, was anything more touching than when the club’s chairman, Top Srivaddhanapr…

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Youri Tielemans picks up the baton as Leicester’s legends near the finish line

Tireless FA Cup hero is emblematic of a club that responded to its fabled title triumph by building shrewdly for the futurePick a Leicester player, any Leicester player. Or the manager. Or the owner. Each has a story to tell that could lift the heart, …

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Leicester’s stirring Cup win reminds English football what matters | Jonathan Wilson

Saturday’s FA Cup showpiece may not have been a great game but it was a great final, a celebration of the game’s traditionsFootball is rarely just about the football. Often it’s not really about the football at all, particularly when it comes to finals…

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‘It’s a historical day’: Brendan Rodgers on Leicester City’s first FA Cup triumph – video

Brendan Rodgers praised his players – and the 21,000 fans in attendance at Wembley Stadium – after Leicester won the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history Rodgers’ side beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks a to a Youri Tielemans screamer.  ‘Just…

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Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City: FA Cup final player ratings

Youri Tielemans and Kasper Schmeichel were exceptional for Leicester, while it was a day to forget for Chelsea’s Timo WernerKepa Arrizabalaga The £71.6m Spaniard was preferred in goal to Édouard Mendy but he stood no chance with Leicester’s goal. He ba…

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Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City: FA Cup final player ratings

Youri Tielemans and Kasper Schmeichel were exceptional for Leicester, while it was a day to forget for Chelsea’s Timo WernerKepa Arrizabalaga The £71.6m Spaniard was preferred in goal to Édouard Mendy but he stood no chance with Leicester’s goal. He ba…

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Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City: FA Cup final player ratings

Youri Tielemans and Kasper Schmeichel were exceptional for Leicester, while it was a day to forget for Chelsea’s Timo WernerKepa Arrizabalaga The £71.6m Spaniard was preferred in goal to Édouard Mendy but he stood no chance with Leicester’s goal. He ba…

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Bravura Leicester make Wembley erupt in a huge, hot wall of sound | Barney Ronay

Football got something back after a year of digital buzz thanks to this FA Cup final between Leicester and ChelseaWith 63 minutes gone at Wembley Luke Thomas, born in Charnwood, Leicestershire and still only 19, picked up a loose pass and fed it forwar…

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Leicester City win first FA Cup after Youri Tielemans screamer sinks Chelsea

Doing a Leicester: to achieve the seemingly impossible, to make light of ridiculous odds. Things have changed somewhat since 2016 and the most outlandish title triumph of all time, with Leicester having levelled the playing field through astute recruit…

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Chelsea v Leicester City: FA Cup final – live!

FA Cup final updates from the 5.15pm BST game at WembleyThe Fiver: sign up now and get our free football newsletterAnd feel free to email scott.murray@theguardian.com 3.45pm BST Chelsea will sport a mind-bending new shirt today. It’s a homage to Op-Art…

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César Azpilicueta: ‘A bad FA Cup final feeling makes you want to come back’

Chelsea’s great survivor and captain has been revitalised under Tuchel and wants to make up for last year’s Wembley disaster“I always had this mentality of being open to new ideas,” César Azpilicueta says. “I never felt that I was fully complete becaus…

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César Azpilicueta: ‘A bad FA Cup final feeling makes you want to come back’

Chelsea’s great survivor and captain has been revitalised under Tuchel and wants to make up for last year’s Wembley disaster“I always had this mentality of being open to new ideas,” César Azpilicueta says. “I never felt that I was fully complete becaus…

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Brendan Rodgers’ record finally stacks up to the brand he has created | Jonathan Liew

Leicester’s manager has succumbed to his own hubris before but he now has ample evidence of the success of his methodsA quiz: which of these stories about Brendan Rodgers is true? Story A: when he was a youth-team coach at Chelsea he once tried to chee…

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FA Cup final and Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Leicester can strike blow against ‘big six’, will Allardyce halt Liverpool’s top-four charge and what now for Ndombele?The cold, dead-behind-the-eyes pragmatist might assert that Leicester’s most important match against Chelsea comes on Tuesday, in a m…

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FA Cup final and Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Leicester can strike blow against ‘big six’, will Allardyce halt Liverpool’s top-four charge and what now for Ndombele?The cold, dead-behind-the-eyes pragmatist might assert that Leicester’s most important match against Chelsea comes on Tuesday, in a m…

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Leicester ‘very positive’ Jonny Evans will be fit for FA Cup final

Brendan Rodgers to make decision on centre-back on FridayFit Evans will be ‘a huge boost for us’, says managerLeicester will decide on Friday whether their influential centre-back, Jonny Evans, is fit enough to play in the FA Cup final against Chelsea …

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Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea’s £71m back-up, hoping for FA Cup final redemption | Jacob Steinberg

No 2 goalkeeper should start at Wembley, where he refused to come off in one final and did not get on in anotherIt was not supposed to turn out this way when Chelsea, under pressure to move quickly once Thibaut Courtois had forced his way to Real Madri…

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When Bobby Robson led Ipswich to Uefa Cup glory 40 years ago

Ipswich are mid-table in League One this season. In 1981, they nearly won a league, FA Cup and Uefa Cup trebleBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogTowards the end of the 1980-81 season, it looked as if Ipswich Town were on course for a joyous treble…