Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho
face off at Wembley as both managers go head to head for FA Cup glory.
The EPL season has concluded
and neither club has won a piece of silverware this season, so the FA Cup
represents the last—and only—remaining chance of success.
The Reds finished second in the
league but were left disappointed in Europe when eliminated by Seville, while
Chelsea will play in the Europa League next season after missing out on
Champions League qualification with a 5th place finish.
Mourinho would love to win a
trophy against his former club, especially after a seeing out a constant rift
with Chelsea boss Conte the past 2 seasons. The Italian is likely to leave the
west London club this summer.
Team news prior to the game
will focus on Romelu Lukaku, who travelled to London on Wednesday with the team
despite recovering from an ankle injury. Alexis Sanchez, on the other hand, has
returned to fitness.
For Chelsea, David Luiz and
Danny Drinkwater remain out, it’s unlikely for either to start the game
The game may well be seen as an
audition for Willian, who has been closely linked with a move to Old Trafford
this summer, but Mourinho already knows how good the Brazilian is and what
difference he could make to the current United side.
Moreover, Chelsea fans will
have their eyes on Anthony Martial, with the Frenchman allegedly moving in the
opposite direction to Willian should a deal occur.
It’s unlikely the Frenchman
will start in the final.