Ahead of not one but two Chelsea appearances at Wembley this weekend, Blues legend and regular columnist Pat Nevin casts a tactical eye over familiar opponents and the key clashes that await us…
Liverpool and Chelsea have been harder to separate this season than a kid’s fingers after playing with superglue. Jurgen Klopp’s side have had another fabulous season and finding weaknesses in their team is not easy.
Like Manchester City, they not only attack with quality from a variety of areas, but they have been fabulously mean at the back.
The Blues must be at their best in every area of the field, but there are however just the odd few chinks in the armour of our opponents.
Their constant belief in defending zonally at corners, and to some extent wide free-kicks, gives you an opportunity to get a run on their defenders.
Ibrahima Konate and Virgil van Dijk are excellent in the air but if Toni Rudiger, Thiago Silva or Kai Havertz have a run on them, there are chances to be had.