FA Cup: Chelsea vs Liverpool

This will be German centre-back Antonio Rudiger’s final Cup game as a Chelsea player. Although they really want to win as a farewell gift, with the poor performance of The Blues in recent times, the London team may have to regret watch rivals Liverpool hold up the FA Cup this season.

Even bringing Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup, midfielder Antonio Rudiger will still leave when the season ends. Therefore, this is considered the last Cup match that Rudiger wears for this team. Most likely, this will be a sad farewell in the FA Cup with the German player. The reason is because the form of the Blues before today’s match is very poor. Before letting Wolves hold a draw at home, the London team once caused disappointment when they lost to Everton with a score of 0-1 in round 35 of the Premier League.

Both Chelsea’s defense and attack are having problems. While at the bottom, two central defenders Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta often make mistakes, up front, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner are no longer themselves when they have consecutive disappointing matches. It must also be added that since the end of March until now, Chelsea’s bravery in big matches is quite poor. Except for the 3-1 victory over Real Madrid in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League (calculated in 90 minutes), the Blues did not win all 3 previous matches with formidable opponents (lost 2, drew 1).

Compared to Chelsea, Liverpool’s form is much more stable. In the last 8 matches, The Kop won 7 victories and received only 1 draw. Most importantly, Jurgen Klopp’s army proved extremely scary in great battles. Statistics show that the port city team won 3 of the last 4 encounters with opponents in the Big Six, whether at home or away. In which the victories are very glorious, the most typical is the 4-0 thrashing against Manchester United at Anfield.

A good news for Liverpook fans when striker Mohamed Salah is fully fit and can play in this match after having to sit on the bench in the recent match against Aston Villa. This season, the Egyptian striker is The Kop’s No. 1 scorer with 30 goals in all competitions. In the 4-0 victory over Manchester United in April, Salah also shined brightly with 2 goals and 1 assist. Besides Salah, The Kop can also rely on Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota, who often play explosively in big matches.

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