Chelsea face Liverpool in the 150th FA Cup final on Saturday evening at Wembley Stadium. The final domestic cup trophy of the season is up for grabs in the capital and it’s another final between the Blues and Reds. Tuchel versus Klopp – who claims the bragging right?
There are a number of subplots to this particular game, but one worthy of note is Liverpool’s quest for a historic Quadruple. The Reds’ chances of attaining this feat has waned after their draw against Tottenham last weekend but Klopp’s men would be looking to add the FA Cup trophy to their cabinet to keep the dream alive.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have a score to settle with Liverpool after losing the Carabao Cup to them in February, they would definitely go all out in a bid to get revenge.
The Wembley Blues
Chelsea have lost their last two FA Cup finals. It was defeat to Arsenal in 2020 and then a screamer from Youri Tielemans inflicted consecutive heartbreak for the Blues in the capital.
Wembley has become almost like a second home to Chelsea, with this their third successive appearance in the FA final, and they will be keen to avoid an unwanted hat-trick of defeats, having been beaten by Arsenal and Leicester in the previous two instalments. Add to that their penalty shootout heartbreak against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final in February and Thomas Tuchel’s side certainly have a few Wembley demons to exorcise.
The Blues would want to get their pride back by winning the FA Cup. This could be Thomas Tuchel’s first domestic title for Chelsea and a good way to wrap up the Roman Abramovich era.
The Stakes for Liverpool
The stakes are high for Klopp’s men, they go into this final knowing that Manchester City are 3 points ahead in the Premier League title race and are showing no signs of slowing down. Which means, Klopp has to worry about the game against Southampton on Tuesday whilst making his selection for today.
Liverpool are on the cusp of history but they have to work harder than everyone else if they want that golden title. For a manager that has won titles for the Reds, Klopp has not gotten his hand on the FA Cup trophy and so this would be an opportunity to tick if off his list.
Chelsea are racing to get Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante fit and available for the final. Kovacic sustained an ankle problem against Leeds, while Kante returned to training this week ahead of the Wembley showdown. A late decision will be made regarding the duo. Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi remain out.
Fabinho is a major doubt due to a hamstring injury. Klopp said: “(He) will definitely be back for the (Champions League) final, and for the Chelsea final and before, we will see, we don’t know. That’s it.”
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