Chelsea and Man United battle for glory in FA Cup final
NEWS DIGEST – Wembley hosts a classic clash between two Premier League heavyweights as the curtain comes down on the English season in the 2018 FA Cup final.
Having endured a disappointing league campaign as they crawled to an embarrassing 5th place finish, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte comes into saturday’s tie with the hunger to prove a point.
Jose Mourinho, on the other hand would be looking to mask the shortcomings of an underwhelming season having finished the league a whooping 19 points behind Man City, added to the ignominy of being bundled out of the Champions league round of 16 by Sevilla.
United are chasing a record-equalling 13th title, which would put them level with Arsenal as the most successful team in the competition’s history, while Chelsea, who last won the FA Cup in 2012, will attempt to lift the vaunted trophy for the eighth time in their history.
There is also the added sub-plot of the tale of two managers who have made it clear that they do not like each other. Both managers definitely find personal satisfaction satisfaction from getting one over on the other. Tensions between Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho have subsided in recent months, but the enduring contempt between the two men remains a key subplot heading into Saturday’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United.