Helsea and Liverpool star this Saturday in an FA Cup final with a taste of revenge, since on February 27 Jürgen Klopp’s team won the Carabao Cup, the English League Cup, after beating Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on penalties. Two weeks before facing Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris, the ‘reds’ will seek their eighth FA Cup and Chelsea, their ninth. Neither Tuchel nor Klopp have ever won it.
Chelsea, 3rd in the Premier, took a weight off their shoulders by ensuring – although virtually, not mathematically – their presence in the next Champions League by beating Leeds 0-3 on Wednesday. Liverpool, 2nd, is 3 points behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, leader, with 2 games to go. It is a moment in which the ‘reds’ will have to manage the pressure more than ever: in addition to these last 2 matches in the English championship (against Southampton and against Wolves), they have the 2 finals, the FA Cup and the Champions League. The dream of the quadruplet is still alive, although City is 3 points behind in the championship.
While Tuchel still hopes to get Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kanté back for today, Klopp has a fundamental loss: that of Fabinho, whose influence on Liverpool’s game is very great. Everything indicates that Jordan Henderson will act as a containment medium in the absence of the Brazilian, of whom Klopp said that he will be able to play in the Paris final.
Klopp is the coach that Tuchel has faced the most times (18) and the balance is very favorable to today’s Liverpool coach. Of 18 matches, 3 wins for Tuchel, 5 draws and 10 wins for Klopp. Tuchel took over from Klopp at Borussia Dortmund in 2015.
Klopp said yesterday that Liverpool did not beat Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup, but the penalty shootout and that fortune was ‘red’. The fact is that the ‘blues’ dream that this FA Cup is for them.
It was Mason Mount who said in April: “It’s time for us to win a final at Wembley. For me, there have been five finals at Wembley and five I have lost. From 2019-2020, the midfielder, in addition to losing two FA Cups and one League Cup, also fell at the Coliseum in July with England in the Euro Cup final against Italy on penalties (1-1). Mount also lost in May 2019 at Wembley the final for promotion to the Premier with Derby, in which he was on loan from Chelsea, against Aston Villa (2-1). «It’s time for our revenge,» Mount said.