|Romelu Lukaku has a point to prove at Chelsea, but Liverpool's super stars lie in wait, who will come out tops? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)
Chelsea are in their 5th final in the space of one year, a phenomenal feat that deserves applauses from all quarters, and regardless of what happens at Wembley on Sunday, they deserve all the respect in the world of football.
Liverpool beat Arsenal over two legs to book a date in the
EFL Cup final against Chelsea, a goalless draw against ten men in the first leg
and a tidy 2-0 victory at the Emirates in the second leg, on paper you’d call
them the favorite for this but football has a way of humbling everyone.
Chelsea are the reigning world champions after their Club
World Cup triumph in Abudhabi only a fortnight ago but the momentum is with
Liverpool who suddenly are back in the title race following City’s recent slip
Chelsea’s route to the final wasn’t as easy as their
performances made it seem but the peak of the bunch would be the two-legged
wins over Tottenham Hotspur, they also had to beat Westham on the way to
Wembley, talk is over and it’s time to walk the talk.
Both sides met in the league
twice already with points shared on both occasions; Reece James was sent off in
the first leg at Anfield to aid Liverpool’s cause as the Blues seemed to have
them in the box but it was a late first half rally that got Chelsea back into
the game in the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
There’s a bit of unrest in the
Blue’s camp following Roman Abrahamovic’s statement on Saturday. The situation
in Ukraine has thrown the Russian billionaire under the spotlight, he has
surrendered the reigns to the board in the mean time but how much would that
affect the players?
Liverpool are possibly eyeing an
unprecedented quadruple, it’s not impossible but it starts here. They’re well
placed to advance in the champions league after a firm 2-0 win in the first leg
against Inter Milan at the San Siro, they are still in the FA Cup and they’re
well placed as well for a premier league title charge.
You can argue that Chelsea needs
this more and here’s why: The Blues are not well positioned to fight for the
title, it’s not mathematically out of their reach but it is in reality, they’re
closer to being drawn into the top four battle than the top of the tree.
FA Cup is slippery and Champions
League will stretch them, this is their most likely opportunity to land a
trophy, will they let it slip? Tuchel’s job isn’t unsafe at the moment but he
needs to continue to impress on an ever demanding job.
Romelu Lukaku is expected to
start for Chelsea, but Liverpool have the superior players to be honest, only
desire and grit will help Chelsea in this game, but Jurgen Klopp will remind
you that he always wins it on the third attempt…