Chelsea and Manchester United squared off against each other for the last time this season in the Emirates FA Cup Final.
The Premier League season was over, and both sides had more or less exchanged places in the table, compared with the previous season. Manchester United had moved up from sixth to second on the strength of key signings and ex-Chelsea players Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.
Chelsea had also made (perhaps unnecessary) changes to their title-winning side, losing Matic to United and also top scorer Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid. They then duly proceeded to collapse from first to fifth in a disappointing second season for manager Antonio Conte.
Manchester City had the 2018 Premier League title and Carabao Cup sewn up. Liverpool were preparing for a Champions League final vs Real Madrid in Kiev. This game was Chelsea and Manchester United’s last chance to win a trophy this season. […]
Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Wembley/May 19, 2018 This match presents both Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea the opportunity to end the season on a ‘high’ and save a little bit of face. Both these teams have performed below expectations this season with both teams finishing 19 and 30 points respectively behind newly-crowned […]
It was beautiful sunny weather at Wembley, as Chelsea lined up against Southampton for the second time in eight days. The game was this weekend’s second FA Cup semi-final; Manchester United having dispatched Tottenham Hotspur pretty handily, with a 2-1 win in the first.
Southampton were struggling to avoid relegation from the Premier League, but they had done pretty well so far in the FA Cup. They’d beaten Fulham (1-0), Watford (1-0), West Bromwich Albion (2-1) and Wigan Athletic (2-0) to make it to the semi-final stage.
The Saints also had some history in this competition, having won it in 1976. Today though they were up against seven-time winners Chelsea FC. Mark Hughes was going to need a gritty, disciplined performance from his team today, to get past Chelsea to the final.
Since the last rollercoaster meeting between these two teams, Chelsea had earned a creditable 2-1 away win against Burnley, and Southampton had kept their first clean sheet in four games in a goalless draw with Leicester City. […]
Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Wembley Stadium/April 22, 2018 We face Mark Hughes’ Southampton side for the second time in nine days when we face off in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Sunday at the home of English football, Wembley Stadium. Antonio Conte and his team will be looking to make it three consecutive […]
It was the perfect storm. The premier league champions had lost their first game of the season to Burnley FC, who’d barely avoided relegation last season. They also had four starters out to suspension and injury, and their next game was an away derby against Tottenham. Their manager had signed a new contract on increased wages, but ominously, no extension.
Ex-Chelsea players Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Kevin de Bruyne and Mo Salah were showing themselves to be among the best players in their respective positions in the premier league – playing for Chelsea’s title rivals.
And want-away striker Diego Costa sat above the entire dismal mess, firing furious demands and accusations at his club from a distance, like thunderbolts from some angry Azteca god. […]
By, Barnabas Gwaza (Twitter: @BarnabasTGS) Two games into the season and if you let the chatter tell it, we’ve already been relegated and we’ve now won the league. However while the pandemonium over the Burnley loss last weekend was an over the top reaction, one would be forgiven for being over the moon today as […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Wembley Stadium/August 20, 2017 This fixture could not have come at a more inconvenient time than the present with all that is going on within and around the club. I’m sure the Tottenham players and fans will already be licking their lips in anticipation of what for them could […]