Premier League rivals Chelsea and Leicester City are set to battle it all out on Saturday as they both seek to clinch the Emirates FA Cup title in what will be a good wrap-up to the season. For Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, it is an opportunity to win his very first title in charge of the Blues and for Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City manager, it would be a great way to end the season and also a chance to win his first title since taking over at the club.
Leicester are not a regular FA Cup final side and this is the first time they will be making it to this stage in the competition for the first time in over fifty years. Both managers are expected to approach the match with top preparations and they will also most likely field their best players on the pitch for the tie.
It’s hard to predict that English Premier League club Chelsea will be signing a lot of players this summer, given how much they splashed in the last transfer window to secure a couple of signings. Although they are expected to dip their hands into the market and bring on new faces to the club, they could be working with a tighter budget than they did the last time and it would be very much understandable if they were to do that.
The last time they were very active in the transfer window, they signed several players across Europe and even though many thought they were overseeing spectacular signings back then, that has not really been the case.
The English Premier League is not only known for being one of the best in the world, but it is also the most-watched league in the world and it houses some of the best football stars in the game as well.
With some of the best and most successful clubs also contained in the league, it is a dream league for a couple of other football stars who have made it clear they would love to play in the league at one point in their career.
Manchester United manager Olé Gunnar Solskjær will have a selection headache when his side travel to Spain to take on Granada in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League clash. The manager will particularly be frustrated at how his side crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup after losing 3-1 against fellow Premier League side Leicester City in what was a horror performance from the United players.
Dutch international midfielder Donny Van de Beek was particularly singled out for major criticism after a personal disastrous performance that saw him lose possession a couple of times. The midfielder also misplaced a couope of passes and was a complete shadow of his true self.
Chelsea midfielder N’golo Kanté is one of football’s most quiet, yet most prolific players in his position. The France international defensive midfielder is a quiet man up close but does a lot of work on the pitch and is one of the most important players in the Blues’ team. The fantastic midfielder has a lot of fans across the world who are always impressed by his style of play whenever he steps on to the pitch. He has often been praised by his past and present teammates, pundits, and even rival players.
One of his admirers is a former midfield star of Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas. Fabregas played for Chelsea under José Mourinho and won the Premier League title under the Portuguese coach before leaving the club on a permanent basis. Following Kanté’s recent performances for Chelsea, including the role he played in helping the Blues snatch a win against Liverpool away at Anfield, Fabregas had hailed the Frenchman, insisting that the former Leicester City man is the engine of Chelsea’s midfield and that he deserves a lot of respect.
Tottenham Hotspur are said to be plotting a summer move for Burnley shot stopper Nick Pope. The North Londoners might need a new goalkeeper in between the sticks with current first choice Hugo Lloris set to depart the club in the summer if recent reports are to be believed. The Spurs shot stopper has been heavily criticised for his performances in the league this season.
His shaky form in the Tottenham Hotspur goal has coincided with the poor run of form for the club. Tottenham Hotspur started the season strongly and were at the top of the table until the last three months when the team began to unravel under manager Jose Mourinho. Tottenham Hotspur are down to ninth spot on the league table and are in serious danger of missing out on European football next season via the league route. They might still make European football next season via the cup route.
Christian Pulisic says that Chelsea have to be much smarter when they do not have possession so that they can start getting positive results. The American winger was speaking after the club suffered a 3-1 loss to Manchester City. This was the fifth the defeat of the campaign for the blues, who have been struggling for form in the last few weeks. The alarming dip in form has sparked rumours that Frank Lampard could be relieved from his role just after 18 months after being appointed. The three goals scored from City came in the first half with Callum Hudson-Odoi scoring a late consolation for Chelsea.
The quickfire goals from City did catch Chelsea by surprise, who did improve after the break. A postmatch analysis byPulisic, who has been one of the crucial players for Chelsea in the Lampard regime, reveals that Chelsea should have done a lot more smarter work when they did not have the ball against City. Pep Guardiola’s team were able to show a lot of intelligent movement throughout the first half and it was a crucial factor behind the flurry of goals scored by Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, and Kevin De Bruyne.
Aston Villa have confirmed that their FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool will go ahead as planned despite the absence of manager Dean Smith and his first team players. The former European champions revealed earlier on Friday that the FA Cup third round tie billed for Villa Park on Friday evening will hold as scheduled. The FA Cup tie was initially in danger of being postponed after an outbreak ofCovid-19 at Aston Villa. The club took to Twitter on Friday morning to announce that the Liverpool game will be played later in the evening.
Aston Villa will have to prosecute the FA Cup tie with the Reds with the club’s u-23 and academy players due to the Covid-19 outbreak mentioned earlier. Aston Villa have had to close their training ground at Body moor Heath as a result of the significant Covid-19 outbreak. Aston Villa have been forced to turn to the youth players for the Liverpool game in the third round of the FA Cup as there’s no space for the match to be rescheduled between now and the fourth round ties in two weeks’ time due to fixture congestion.
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has heaped praised on fellow England international Declan Rice, who has established himself as a regular for club and country. The 21-year-old has built up his reputation over the past few years and he is currently one of the first names on the team sheet for the Three Lions under Gareth Southgate.
He has been earning plenty of plaudits of late and Phillips, who only recently broke into the national team setup has hailed his compatriot, he told: “Declan’s obviously a very good player. He is younger than me as well. He has got a lot of experience in the Premier League, as I have not. For him to be playing for England so young is unbelievable for him. It’s very good for him.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is still waiting for the next time when his whole players will be fit and have his full squad at his disposal available for selection. The German coach has endured an injury-plagued season so far as the club continue to wallow deep into injury crises.
However, he may finally have a reason to smile as one of his stand-out performers this season who is sidelined with an injury has provided a positive injury update while away.