The FA Cup final is this Saturday, however with Conte’s enthusiasm and passion towards Chelsea dispensing of late, can he motivate the team and also himself for this huge fixture? Or will the Blues lose their second FA Cup final in two seasons?
Do it for the badge, if not the manager
Chelsea fans have stuck behind the team this year, despite expectations not nearly being met after last seasons title success. However, fans are getting frustrated with the recent lack of effort displayed by Antonio and his team. However this is a cup final, a very respected trophy in English football, and you would expect the team to perform in such an important fixture. Recent reports are suggesting that certain players don’t have the best of relationships with the Italian, such as Willian (who has been dropped in recent fixtures), and others. This could, therefore, be affecting their performances on the pitch.
Potentially Conte’s last match in charge
Many believe, as do I, that if Chelsea don’t clinch victory in this match, then the Conte era will have been concluded. So surely if Conte wants to keep his job and the players want him leading them, both will give their all? Well I wouldn’t be so sure, versus Newcastle the manager and team gave minimal effort, some players didn’t even break a sweat, and just to top it off, Eden Hazard had to stop some players which were going straight for the tunnel when the whistle went for full time to applaud travelling fans, who wasted their hard earned money on an appalling display. So if this is how the players plan on performing against Manchester United this Saturday, then the Blues stand no chance, we must see a complete change in mindset and motivation.
Can FA Cup victory save Chelsea’s season?
Although Chelsea have failed to obtain Champions League football for next season, can the Blues winning their first FA Cup since 2012 save a reasonably dull season? The answer is, probably not. It will obviously be great to win such an admired trophy, however not getting top four will affect who we sign this summer, with Champions League football usually being a must for world-class talent nowadays. Will Chelsea be able to attract the players they need to bridge the gap between the Manchester clubs? Now that is the real question, if the Blues want to stand a chance at the league title next season, Roman must splash the cash this window, and get rid of all the dead wood, or simply players who don’t want to be there.
Man United is never going to be a walk in the park, so let’s hope the Blues do us proud, and bring the FA Cup back to the Bridge!