[The red and blue FA Cup decisive battle on the top of the Forbidden City!]
On the last weekend of February, Chelsea and Liverpool met in the League Cup final, and Liverpool finally won the first championship trophy of the season through a penalty shootout!
Two and a half months have passed. In tonight's FA Cup final, two old rivals will meet again. Will Liverpool win another victory, or Chelsea will complete their revenge? In the history of the FA Cup, Arsenal ranked first with 14 titles, Liverpool tied for fifth with 7 titles, the team was last crowned in 2006, and now there is hope to win the title again after 16 years, of course, Chelsea is not So good kick.
Once regarded as the "Red Army" Liverpool, which is likely to achieve the great achievement of the quadruple crown, it is now very unlikely that it wants to reverse Manchester City to win the Premier League championship. Therefore, striving to win the FA Cup and the Champions League has become the most important goal of the Red Army at the moment.
Liverpool will meet Chelsea for the fourth time this season at Wembley Stadium. The two sides have drawn in two direct matches in the Premier League, but in the EFL Cup final, Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties. In the 3 direct confrontations that have ended this season, the two teams have not decided the winner after 90 minutes of regular time, which shows that the strength of the two sides is equal.
According to statistics, since April 2019, the two teams have met 10 times in various competitions, and Liverpool have won 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, including 2 penalty shootout wins, namely the 2019 European Super League and the 2022 League Cup. From 2-0 to 0- 0, 6 times in 10 games overturned Chelsea, Liverpool did have the absolute upper hand.For Chelsea, this season has missed the Premier League, Champions League, and League Cup championships, and only the FA Cup is left to hope to win the championship. In addition, the club has entered the post-Abramovich era and urgently needs a championship trophy as a gift for the new sponsor.
But the timing of the FA Cup final seems to be very unfavorable to Chelsea. There was a gap of four days between the last two league games, but after the last away game against Leeds United, Chelsea players only had one day of preparation and rest, will fight against Liverpool, coupled with the journey, physical fitness has become their biggest test. This battle is Chelsea's only hope for the title this season, and Tuchel will definitely fight against German compatriot Klopp's Liverpool.
In addition, it is reported that Chelsea's Premier League title bonus this season is set to 4 million pounds, and the Champions League champion has 10 million pounds, but the team has missed these two championship trophies. Chelsea players want to have bonus points, only hope to win the FA Cup To win the cup, once Chelsea win the FA Cup, they will be allocated a bonus of 1 million pounds according to the time Chelsea players play.
Liverpool's hidden danger is Salah. The Egyptian "Pharaoh" has recently fallen into a demon and has always wanted to avenge Real Madrid in the Champions League, which has caused his recent unsatisfactory performance. Salah has failed to score in 6 games, and the contract renewal negotiations with Liverpool have been delayed, and his state has been significantly affected. Liverpool can make great progress in all competitions, and Salah is the absolute core of the Red Army's striker, contributing 30 goals and 15 assists in 48 games in all competitions.