FA Cup with old friends: Klopp and Tuchel’s series of draws must end

FA Cup with old friends
Klopp and Tuchel’s series of draws must end

The FA Cup final is determined by the German technical duel: Thomas Tuchel and Jürgen Klopp have more in common than coaching two great teams. At Wembley Stadium, Chelsea want to make up for last year’s lost final, while the Reds are eager to win a cup.

The FA Cup is particularly important for Jürgen Klopp. “Up until this season, Liverpool’s competitive record since I arrived hasn’t exactly been a reason for big parties,” he joked. The popular manager, who still has a small chance of winning four historic titles in a season with Liverpool FC, is in the English Cup final for the first time and scores Saturday. (17: 45 / live ticker) at Wembley Stadium on Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea.

“I love this competition,” said Klopp, despite previous disappointments for which he said “extenuating circumstances”, “because at the time the goal was to re-establish the club.” It is now even more important for the fans to win the FA Cup again.

“It is the most prestigious and traditional trophy in the world,” Chelsea manager Tuchel enthused before the eagerly awaited match at Wembley. “There aren’t many bigger games.” Last year, the Blues narrowly missed the title, losing 1-0 in the final to Leicester City. Liverpool were last in the final ten years ago, and then lost to Chelsea. The trophy last went to Anfield in 2006.

“As disputed”

Klopp is looking forward to seeing his fellow German manager, six years his junior, who has followed him as a manager at both Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund. “It’s great to see Thomas Tuchel again after we’ve met three times this season,” said the 54-year-old. “By the way, all the games ended in a draw, which shows how competitive he is between our clubs.”

In the Premier League there was a 1-1 draw at Anfield and a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in London. The rather insignificant League Cup final in February was decided in favor of the Reds only with the 22nd penalty. “We gave everything in the game,” Tuchel recalled, “but we were unlucky and we lost.”

In the far more important FA Cup, it should now be the other way around when it comes to Tuchel, especially as he is the last chance for a trophy. “Obviously this doesn’t give us the League Cup back,” said the Chelsea manager. “But it makes a season so much better when you can win a final at the end.” It would be a particular triumph for the sanctioned club, which are currently prohibited from signing players or negotiating deals.

Champions still hidden

After a slight hiatus and three winless league games, the Londoners pulled out of their mini-crisis by beating Leeds United 3-0. But against fit Liverpool, things will be a little tougher for the 2021 Champions League winners. “We are playing against one of the strongest teams in the world,” warned Tuchel. “They are incredibly hard to beat, but that’s what the cup final is about, it’s about winning and we have to find a way to beat them. We need a little luck.”

With the exception of a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool have been winning one after another for weeks. However, the team can only win the Premier League if leaders Manchester City fail in the remaining two games. Two weeks after the FA Cup final, Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Klopp and the Reds still have a score to settle with the royals after losing the 2018 final. However, all of this must be hidden on Saturday. “We are here today,” Klopp clarified in the FA interview. “In the final! Really fantastic.”

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