This Saturday, Liverpool and Chelsea meet in the FA Cup final. One of the classics of English football in recent seasons between two of the three best teams in the Kingdom. Great players appear in the two collectives where many duels are expected on the lawn. But this Liverpool – Chelsea is also synonymous with a duel between the two German managers, namely Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel. So, who will win and put their name on the trophy? What are the keys to dating? Autopsy.
▪ The midfield battle 💥
The first battle will take place in midfield. The midfield of the two teams is a great strength. The team that takes the upper hand in this sector of play and that puts the most intensity into the duels will have a great chance of winning the game and this final. On the Chelsea side, pressing a player like Thiago Alcantara is essential. The Spaniard is Jurgen Klopp’s true conductor. All balloons pass through him. The pair that will be aligned in the middle by Thomas Tuchel will have to leave as little space as possible for the former Bavarian who is playing this season at a very high level.
The Reds will have to try to prevent players like N’Golo Kanté or Matteo Kovacic from making full-axis breakthroughs but also from projecting themselves forward to create a surplus in attack. One of the great strengths of this doublet is its ability to bring the ball into the opposing half of the field.
▪ Use Depth for Blues ✊
Thomas Tuchel’s men have every interest in exploiting the depth against the Scousers. The Reds encounter some difficulties in this area. The block of the Reds plays very high and leaves many spaces between the lines. In addition, the two full-backs who are Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are not very efficient in defensive replacement and tend to leave spaces in their lanes. Reece James on the right side or Marcos Alonso on the left will have to take advantage of these defensive largesse.
▪ Cut the relationship between the attacking players of the Reds ✂
In addition to the midfield, the Chelsea block will absolutely have to limit the influence of the Reds’ attacking players by preventing them from combining and being easily found on the pitch. The connections between players like Sadio Mané, Mo Salah or Luis Diaz can be devastating. The Blues rearguard will have to leave as little space as possible for this trio and not let them come face to face with the game.
▪ Play set pieces thoroughly 💪
A weapon for both teams who have formidable players in the aerial field. In Liverpool, Virgil Van Dijk and Ibrahima Konaté or even Sadio Mané are very effective. They can find the way to the net at any time but above all have the perfect timing and sense of movement to create danger. Among the Blues, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva are also threats. The Brazilian and the German like to stir up trouble in the opposing defenses on set pieces.
▪ Limit the climbs of Robertson and Alexander-Arnold ⚡
Since this season, Thiago Alcantara has been the boss in organizing Liverpool’s attacks. He is the playmaker of this team. Nevertheless, the Reds have other weapons to dictate the game and the tempo. Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are full-backs who have qualities of playmaker and who are able to create the game and make the difference on a kick. Chelsea will have to find the solution to contain their offensives.
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