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FA Cup 2018 Final Preview || Chelsea Vs Manchester United || Conte Vs Mourinho

Is it Conte vs Mourinho ? or is it Chelsea vs Manchester United? If you had asked this question year earlier then, people would have said it’s Conte vs Mourinho. This time it’s going to be a clash between two heavyweights for FA CUP 2018. Both teams need this FA Cup trophy so that they can show something to their fans.

Who wants it more?

The real question is who wants it more. If Chelsea loses this FA Cup Final then surely they have nothing to show for. Manchester United has secured champions league qualification. They have second place in the premier league table, but shock defeat to Sevilla in champions league quarterfinals has hurt them a lot.

It is really strange to compare both team’s season on the basis of that. One thing is certain Chelsea were miserable in the premier league this season.

Chelsea’s miserable Premier League Season

Chelsea lost to Crystal Palace, West Ham, Bournemouth, Watford and Newcastle in the last game. Major Problem has been for them is in front. Nobody took the responsibility to score goals in crucial moments.

Even Cesc Fabregas criticized publically about the lack of goals up front and maybe he was taking a dig at Morata.

Alvaro Morata started the season with a great optimism for Chelsea but after returning back from his injury he has not picked himself up. He falls down too easily many times. Premier League is physical and you have to adapt to that.

He was always second fiddle to somebody in big clubs like Real Madrid and Juventus. Now he is the man at Chelsea and he has failed to live up those expectations.

I still rate him highly as a player but he needs to work on his mental side of the game, needs to toughen himself up. I still think that Conte made the biggest mistake by selling Diego Costa, who was very instrumental in their title-winning campaign.

It would have helped Morata to perform better if Costa had been involved in this season.

Manchester United’s Football Philosophy and criticism

This season Manchester United finished second in the premier league with 81 points. If anyone looks at this finish after a 5-6 season at United, they would be happy in terms of position.

But big talking point was their Football and Mourinho’s philosophy. It is really hard to compare which one is better finishing second vs playing ‘not so entertaining’ football.

Theoretically, you can win the league by scoring 38 goals with all 1-0 wins, anyone would take that if it happens. This does not mean that 1-0 wins are not entertaining and 5-4 games are entertaining.

The way team plays football is what counts to decide if it’s entertaining or not. If they are creative up front and passing in between the lines with fluidity then it’s exciting to watch. Every football fan wants that.

If the team defends well with great tackles and maintaining proper shape then it’s great to watch.

I think it’s a combination of both that makes a solid team and Manchester United fans certainly want attacking philosophy at times. If they are playing against strong opposition, leading by 1 goal and less time remaining in the game then it’s understandable to sit back and close the game out.

Expected Playing XI-

This should be the expected line up of the FA Cup Final 2018.

Morata could play ahead of Giroud is the only concern here, as Conte has a tough task to make the decision to include him in starting XI.

Lukaku was injured and doubtful but in a big game like this, he is going to be there for Manchester United.

If Matic and Hererra play together then it will be great for Paul Pogba as he enjoys going forward and he is at his best when he joins the attack. Matic and Hererra would provide him that defensive cushion that Pogba needs.

Sanchez has to step his game as he can become a first player to score in FA CUP final consecutively for two different teams. Lingard has come good for Manchester United this season and he will be hoping to finish this season on a high.

Rashford has great potential to come from the bench with Martial same goes for Pedro with Chelsea.

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Summary

Looking at both teams and their forms, Manchester United looks favorite to win this clash. Chelsea needs to put their best performance of the season to clinch this coveted FA CUP 2018 trophy.

Whatever the result may be, we hope to see exciting final at Wembley. Let’s hope that FA CUP Final 2018 will be more entertaining than Royal Wedding.

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(Antonio Conte: Chelsea’s born winner who lost his mojo )

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EPL GW 35 & FA Cup Weekend Review || Napoli Close the Gap

What a finish to this weekend’s football action ! Yes we had less number of EPL games this weekend because of the FA cup Semi Finals.

EPL GW 35 Review

West Brom Vs Liverpool-

Being a Liverpool fan, I was not happy with the way Liverpool conceded two goals in the end. We knew that champions league semi final on the horizon caused Klopp to make so many changes.

They had 3 changes in the back and that quite tells you the outcome of this match. Special credit goes to Danny Ings for a scoring goal after ages. He looked as if he was going to score and that’s a positive sign for him.

Once again Mo Salah showed why he was chosen as PFA player of the year 2018. He scored that brilliant chip again as he did against Man City in  the second leg.

Klopp made few excuses regarding dry pitch and Hegazi foul, but having said all of that Liverpool squandered two goal lead which should have been avoided. Moreno and Gomez were the culprits in defense.

Anyway that should ring a bell to all the players to get back to their best to prepare against Roma at Anfield. Robertson,Trent,Lovren and VVD will be defending that night so it will make a huge difference.

Watford vs Crystal Palace –

This game was unwatchable to say the truth. There were almost no shots on target, nobody looked threatening to cause any damage.

Funny thing is that this game produced more yellow (8) cards than shots on target (5).

Palace played safely for a point just to be safe and they are likely to survive as they will be facing bottom two teams in three of their last games. 

Arsenal vs West Ham –

Merci Arsene ! We thought in the first half Arsenal played exactly the same way they have been playing all season.

Second half – they did brilliantly well to get those goals. Stand out players were Welback,Ramsey and Lacazette with their inter link play and end product. 

We hope that they will produce the same against Atletico Madrid in semi finals of Europa League.

Stoke Vs Burnley – 

Stoke in desperate need of points started game very well by scoring in 11th min courtesy to Ndiaye. If Stoke had better finisher than Diouf then there season would have been different as he missed another great chance to score a goal.

Who was impressive ? Gudmundsson. Yes he has been so impressive this season with his set pieces, passes and long-range shots. Burnley could have scored more goals but Butland was amazing between the sticks.

In the end it was a stalemate 1-1.

Man City vs Swansea –

Do we really to talk about how Man City dominated this game ? It was one way traffic and Swansea team was close spectator of this match.

City made astonishing 1000+ passes in this game alone to break the record. Though that stat never matters.

David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus and B. Silva everyone put their name on the score sheet.

Impressive player for me was David Silva again. What a player he is ! He just knows how to slide the ball into little pockets with accuracy. Everyone can say ‘what’s the big deal ?’, but weight of the pass makes him so special player.

If we had statistics like number of times weight of the pass was successful then David Silva would be miles ahead of everyone. Opta please make a note of this statistics and try to work on that 🙂

We must mention Foden. He showed glimpses of his future in the last quarter and let me tell you he is going to be a Superstar. He is only 17 I guess, that’s frightening.

City celebrated their title-winning campaign in style by thrashing Swansea at Etihad.

FA CUP Semi Final review

 

Manchester United Vs Tottenham –

Tottenham bottled it again by losing in semi final against Manchester United in FA Cup. Credit must go to Man United the way they played that game after conceding an early goal.

Once again Pogba and Sanchez proved that why they are big game players. Nobody thought Dembele could be out muscled but Pogba did just that to provide great assist to Alexis.

Chelsea Vs Southampton –

As expected Chelsea got the job done as Giroud continued his great form. He showed why he can be a starting XI player ahead of Morata.

Though Morata scored to secure birth in the FA Cup final but Southampton never looked like winning this match. Now Burnley can hope to play in Europa League 🙂

Napoli Close the Gap –

Well many pundits wrote Napoli off before this game. Napoli showed Juventus that they wanted this game more than them. Juventus had zero shots on target and in the end Napoli snatched the win.

As a neutral spectator the game was not entertaining, because teams had different mindsets going into the game given the situation in the points table.

Well it will go down to the wire because Juve has tough run in from now on, as they will facing Inter and Roma in their last four matches.

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