Chelsea and Manchester United meet on Saturday in the 137th FA Cup final, with both looking for silverware at the end of a disappointing season for both teams and they need it badly. one can argue Man Utd needs it more, as Mourinho has to have something to show to stay in the Man Utd job on the other hand despite a bit better end to the premier league season Chelsea had trouble all season and Conte looks to be on his way out from the club anit only seems when Chelsea fire him.
But who will get their hands on the famous old trophy and why?
Chelsea’s best chance? Give United the initiative
Chelsea have been successful in the past few years, they have always had great strikers but at the moment they don’t have one. the main thing for them is defending well because, if you leave the initiative with United, then we know they have problems.
The last few games that United have played, against teams who are fighting relegation, they have struggled. They prefer it against teams who are open, and they don’t like it when you sit back and wait for your chance.
if Chelsea wait, their chance will come counter attacking play suits the players that Conte has especially up front with quick players like Eden Hazard and Willian.”
‘The last chance to save both clubs’ seasons?’
Conte won the Premier League in his first season at Stamford Bridge but speculation over his future at the club started before his side had even started their defence of their title.
The Blues finished fifth, without spending a single day at the top of the table, and will play in the Europa League next season.
There have been rumours all the time that Conte is going to leave That has not helped them very much and it has been a very disappointing season for them.
Conte wants to leave, but he still wants to win the FA Cup to have that on his CV. It is a big occasion for the Chelsea players too. The FA Cup would only be a consolation prize for missing out on next season’s Champions League, but they still need to win it – all big teams need trophies.
These are two coaches who both want trophies, and they are both very confident because they both think they are the best.
This season, the former Chelsea manager has steered his side back into the top four after a two-year absence but they finished a distant second to neighbors Manchester City and suffered a shock Champions League exit to Sevilla in the last 16.
Jose measures success by what he wins if United get some silverware, it makes it a successful season for them.
Whatever happens on Saturday Man Utd have improved their points total in the league compared to last year shows the progress they have made, but Jose wants his players to have a winning mentality and that comes with walking up the steps at Wembley on Saturday and lifting the FA Cup.
‘Lukaku fitness is crucial’ – why he can make the difference
The United manager did not hold back from criticizing his players during a disappointing end to their Premier League campaign that saw them beaten by West Brom and Brighton and held by a struggling West Ham.
The team that played against Spurs in the semi-final is the one that will start with on Saturday because it is Jose’s favourite and strongest team.
Romelu Lukaku’s fitness is the big issue there. He has had a fantastic season and they’ve missed his power and his quality in front of goal while he has been out. its a difficult game to come into a game like that when you have not played for three or four weeks.