THE FA CUP FINALS: 3 AREAS CONTE CAN OUTSMART WENGER

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The oldest competition in world history will be staging a major final at Wembley Stadium, England. The spice to this final is that it’s gonna be a London derby between Chelsea vs Arsenal. The rivalry between these two sides brings fond memories of pain and joy.

 

CHANGING FORTUNES:

In recent seasons, Chelsea have had the upper hand in this fixture, while Arsenal have been a stark reflection of mediocrity. The matters lie behind the scenes for both clubs, Arsenal used to be darling team of London with history of their successes of the late 90’s and early 20’s, but have become a fracture relic of bygone years. While Chelsea have become a strong force to be reckoned with. The only London club to have won the Champions league. This season sums it up, Arsenal miss out on the Champions league and might go trophyless if they fail to win on Saturday, whereas Chelsea are Premier league champions going into Saturday’s clash.

 

THE GODFATHER VS THE PROFESSOR – CAN CONTE OUTSMART WENGER:

For Chelsea fans Antonio Conte has become a household name and fans favourite. His magic wand had transformed the blues from zilch to zenith. His influence has been keenly felt and adopted by several managers including Professor Wenger – a master in the game. This clash with surely be a tactical battle and one only one manager and team can win. Here are 3 ways Conte can outsmart Wenger:

1. NULLIFY ARSENAL’S WING PLAY:

Whether Wenger decides to go with 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 formation, Conte must look to nullify Arsenal’s wing play by pressing their wing or full backs into making backward passes to the defenders and closing them fast enough to leave no space behind for them to initiate passing moves. More so, we could play balls into the channels in order to stretch play and settle their defense thereby leave space for Hazard and Pedro to explore and exploit. Both tactics could lead Arsenal into forced errors which could be exploited by Diego Costa too.

2. ADOPT DIRECT RENTLESS PRESSING & DEVASTATING COUNTERATTACKING GAME:

Whether Arsenal play in either formations, Conte could decide to adopt a direct relentless pressing game which could mean putting a player up against every Arsenal player and then absorbing pressure from Arsenal and then hitting on the break with devastating speed.

3. MIDFIELD DOMINATION: MIXING STYLE WITH SUBSTANCE:

This tactic will mean dropping Pedro from team and replacing him with Fabregas. The Spaniard’s telepathic connection with Costa could hurt what might a makeshift Arsenal defence shorn of their best defender, Lauren Kolscieny. More so, the Spaniard will be an extra man in midfield and an attacking option in the final third. In this way we can dictate match proceedings and win the game.

 

Let’s hope for the best. Team true blues…cheers!

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Nwosu Obichi is an ardent sports lover, analyst and writer with enjoyed numerous views on RSTV SPORTS SHOW and several other platforms. He's a passionate fan of Chelsea Football Club. He's also a human-capita developer, Professional (motivational) Speaker and Author.