The 2017/18 Premier League season came to an end seven days ago but business isn’t over yet as the English FA Cup final takes center stages on Saturday
This is the last shot for both Chelsea and Manchester United to slavage their frustrating seasons. Chelsea has had the most exceedingly terrible of it, coming into the season as Premier League champions but finishing the 2017/18 season in fifth place and having had their Champions League campoaign cut off by Barcelona.
It’s without a doubt been a noteworthy drop off in performance from Antonio Conte’s side, and it’s one that could well cost the Italian his managerial role. Even a triumph on Saturday could see him sacked, while defeat is certain to spell the end of his reign at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s circumstance isn’t exactly as awful as his bitter rival. They finished well outside the top four last term but were decisively centered around winning the Europa League towards the end. This season they have improved regarding results, finishing second in the Premier League, yet their performance has been well less than impressive and has left a considerable lot of Red Devil fans disappointed.
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The EPL title marathon has without a doubt ended but Chelsea and Manchester United have an hour and a half or more between them to define their respective seasons, a game that could spell success or failure for either Antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho.
From its pinnacle, United and Mourinho need a trophy and on the off chance that they do triumph over Chelsea, they will set up an exciting derby against Manchester City for the shade raiser of next season. That in itself is enticing. Moreover, Mourinho will get the regard for delivering even with the most negative strategies.
Jose Mourinho is as yet sweating over the availability of Romelo Lukaku. On the off chance that the Belgian forward makes the final, it stays to be checked whether he’ll have the sharpness to cause issues for Chelsea’s probable three defenders. It’s been up to twenty days since he last kicked a ball for United.
Without Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez may be relied upon as he’s shown signs of improvement as of late. His performance against Tottenham in the semi-final was impressive and if the Chilean could replicate that, he’ll be lifting the FA Cup for a successive season in the wake of getting a charge out of FA Cup success with Arsenal a year ago – not forgetting, it was against same rivals; Chelsea.
What about Paul Pogba? Obviously, the Frenchman on his good day can be wrecking. He could give you the motivation to question his consideration and still go ahead to dash the rivals dream.
The former Old Lady midfielder has come under serious criticism as of late from fans and ex-united players, and his game hasn’t been excessively unique from cold and hot. For example against Manchester City and Tottenham, Pogba was in his top form as he lifted the Red Devils with a commanding performance, however, most circumstances as well, when you expect him to be the difference, he just ends up being for the wrong reason.
Pogba could again be the difference for Jose Mourinho but with the France international, it’s a matter of “if”. On the positive side, however, is David DeGea who, remarkably has been United’s best player in three consecutive seasons.
For Conte and Chelsea, the FA Cup triumph would be a soothing ointment to their hurting wounds. Their misfortunes could deteriorate should they lose to United. That implies a consecutive thrashing in the FA Cup final. A flat-out meaning of failure.
Conte hasn’t had it so rough in his managerial role in club level. barely a year in the wake of leading the West London club to a Premier League success in his first spell at Stamford Bridge, the Italian was battling for a top-four place and disappointedly passed up a major opportunity when it even appeared he was picking up energy.
With three defenders, Chelsea are unquestionably up to whatever Man United can defensively. Andrea Christensen has been the Blue’s hot shot this season and has developed well with Czar Azipilicueta and Antonio Rudiger. Upfield, Ngolo Kante hasn’t faded and Cesc Fabregas has been definitive for the Blues lately.
Chelsea are extremely toothless upfront but with Willian and Hazard playing, that spells sharpness and concerning issue for the Red Devils and Olivier Giroud could flex and challenge for anything that flies into the United box.
Conte didn’t lose the profundity of his squad all season. What led them to the Europa League spot was significantly Alvaro Morata’s goal drought and maybe the instability caused by Conte from the beginning of the season.
It’s been another season to overlook for Chelsea but every one of the agonies could be forgotten with a triumph this Saturday, while Manchester United will probably play with the handbrakes on with Jose Mourinho standing firm as his very own ace games.
RECENT FA CUP FINALS:
2017: Arsenal over Chelsea, 2-1
2016: Manchester United over Crystal Palace, 2-1
2015: Arsenal over Aston Villa, 4-0
2014: Arsenal over Hull City, 3-2
2013: Wigan Athletic over Manchester City, 1-0
2012: Chelsea over Liverpool, 2-1
2011: Manchester City over Stoke City, 1-0
2010: Chelsea over Portsmouth, 1-0
2009: Chelsea over Everton, 2-1
2008: Portsmouth over Cardiff City, 1-0
2007: Chelsea over Manchester United, 1-0
2006: Liverpool over West Ham United, 3-3 (Liverpool won penalty shootout, 3-1)
2005: Arsenal over Manchester United, 0-0 (Arsenal won penalty shootout, 5-4)
2004: Manchester United over Millwall, 3-0
2003: Arsenal over Southampton, 1-0
2002: Arsenal over Chelsea, 2-0
2001: Liverpool over Arsenal, 2-1
2000: Chelsea over Aston Villa, 1-0