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Antonio Rudiger started the game against Southampton on the left of the back three and had a good game.

A week before Sunday’s game, Chelsea struggled to beat the Saints, but the German felt we were good value for our victory in the FA Cup semifinal against the same opponents at the Wembley Stadium.

“I think we can be very happy because we played against Southampton one week ago and we didn’t put up a good performance, especially in the first half, but yesterday we controlled the game from the first minute,” said Rudiger.

“Of course, when we made it 1-0 we knew they would come out and we had a bit of luck, to be honest, but in the end we deserved to go through.”

The first-half ended goalless, but Olivier Giroud scored a quick goal 30 seconds into the second-half, and Rudiger believes that was the turning point in the contest.

“Definitely,” he said. “Because as long as the game stays 0-0 the more chance both teams have so that was a clear advantage for us.

“I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are all very happy and to play a final against Manchester United is very good.”

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