Good afternoon from a sunny Dublin. I’m up extremely late today, as I had an unbelievable lie-in. I needed that after a week of really struggling to get up in the morning. I was so tired all week, so I hope last night’s sleep will help me get back to normal.
The FA Cup final is today, as I’m sure you know. Chelsea will face Man Utd, with the game set to kick off at 5:15pm. I’ll be getting into more detail on that one later, when I do a match preview of it, so I’m not going to talk about it too much here. It’ll be an interesting game though, and I hope it’s going to be a good one. I have a little bit of worry that Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho will send their teams out to be a bit conservative and we could see a defensive performance from both teams as they do whatever they can to not lose, but I hope I’m wrong.
If both teams go for it, we could see an absolute cracker. It’s such a hard game to predict, and it really could go either way. I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if a single goal wins it or it goes to extra time and penalties. We’ll just have to wait and see though.
It’s nice to have a game to look forward to, as it’s been a week since we had any games. The last Premier League games of the season were last Sunday, so I’m happy we have a game today. The play-off final and Champions League final are next week, and after that we have to wait a little bit less than three weeks for the World Cup. That’ll be a little bit of a struggle, but we’ll get there.
Anyway, back to the FA Cup final. I’d like to just get it out there that I’m not interested in this “it’s only the FA Cup” bullshit that some people say. Today’s game is absolutely huge. The FA Cup may not be as big as it once was, but it’s still a huge achievement to win it. I can understand people not being hugely interested in it in the early rounds, but once you progress to the business end of it it’s absolutely huge. The FA Cup can be huge for a team that may be a little bit disappointed with how their season has gone, and winning it can be something that stays with you for years.
Neither of these teams have won any silverware this season, and the FA Cup can be something to be proud of. It may not be enough for Chelsea, or Antonio Conte, but I think if United win it, they’ll see this as being a good season after they finished second. Antonio Conte is likely to lose his job either way, as not winning anything else or finishing in the top four will be seen as underachieving. That’s just how it is unfortunately, as we saw Louis van Gaal sacked for the same thing by Man Utd a couple of years ago.
That’s enough about it for now, as I’ll look into the game itself in more detail in the match preview. That should be available in the next couple of hours.
It’s a bit quiet elsewhere to be honest, with most of the focus being on potential new managers for Arsenal, Everton and West Ham. I’d imagine they’ll be cleared up soon, as the three clubs seem to be well in the process of appointing new bosses. At the moment, it looks like Mikel Arteta for Arsenal, Marco Silva for Everton and Manuel Pellegrini for West Ham, but that could change. We’re being fed different stories by the media for some strange reason, but I’m not really believing most of them. We’ll see what happens.
That’s it for now, but there’ll be more build-up to the FA Cup final right here throughout the day. Drop back in for a preview, which I hope to have up in the next couple of hours. Have a good Saturday, and enjoy the game.