The keys to the final between Liverpool and Chelsea

Chelsea and Liverpool star this Saturday 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 (11-10 after a 0-0). Now the Stamford Bridge team is looking for its ninth FA Cup and the Anfield team, the eighth. The record belongs to Arsenal, with fourteen, followed by Manchester United, with twelve. Neither Thomas Tuchel nor Jürgen Klopp they have never won.

Again Tuchel against Klopp at Wembley (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Again Tuchel against Klopp at Wembley (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Alastair Grant

PRESSURE FACTOR

Chelsea, 3rd in the Premier, took a weight off their shoulders by ensuring -albeit virtually, not yet 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 of the English championship (against Southampton and against Wolves), they have the 2 finals, the FA Cup and the Champions, on the 28th against Real Madrid in Paris. Instead, with the Champions League place virtually in their pocket, the Londoners must focus solely on this final.

THE ABSENCE OF FABINHO

While Tuchel still hopes to get Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kanté back for this Saturday at Wembley, Klopp has a fundamental loss: Fabinho, whose influence on Liverpool’s game is very great. Everything indicates that the captain, Jordan Henderson, will act as a means of containment in the absence of the Brazilian, of whom Klopp said this Friday that he will be able to play in the Champions League final.

TUCHEL AGAINST KLOPP

Klopp is the coach that Tuchel has met the most times throughout his career (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. Neither of them have ever won the FA Cup. Tuchel took over from Klopp as coach of Borussia Dortmund in 2015.

WANTING TO TAKE REVENGE AT WEMBLEY

Klopp said this Friday that Liverpool did not beat Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup, but rather the penalty shootout and that fortune was on the side of the Reds. Kepa Arrizabalaga missed the decisive shot. The fact is that Londoners dream that this FA Cup is for them.