Joe Cole explains how Chelsea can exploit Leicester City in the FA Cup final


Joe Cole says Chelsea’s pace through midfield could be key to winning the FA Cup final on Saturday.

The Blues take on Leicester City looking to claim their first piece of silverware since last winning the tournament in 2018.

It will also be Thomas Tuchel’s first final as Chelsea boss ahead of the Champions League showpiece with Man City later this month.

Cole, who is supporting Budweiser’s #SupportYourPubs campaign, believes the game against Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes will be a tight game, but that there areas that Chelsea can look to exploit.

He said: “It’s going to be a real tactical battle, it will be interesting to see what Leicester do.


Video Loading

Video Unavailable

“It’s very important that N’Golo Kante gets round James Maddison and stops him playing because he picks the ball up in the pocket and he’s got two passes on all the time with Ineacho and Vardy.

“Leicester hold quite a high line at times, what I like about Fofana is he gets very tight, very quickly.

“So the runs from midfield from Chelsea – from Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Timo Werner or whoever plays there – are going to be vital.”

Tuchel has undoubtedly made an impact on Chelsea, leading the club to two finals and a top-four challenge since taking over in January.

Yet Cole does not believe one player in particular has stood out under the German, instead hailing the Blues’ performance as a group.

He said: “I’ve been impressed with all of them, they’re really together.

“You look at the Real Madrid game, they looked like a team who were together, vibrant and cohesive against an older team.

Do you want all the latest news from around Chelsea Football Club straight to your email inbox?

Of course you do.

By signing up for our Chelsea newsletter, you will receive a twice-daily email, focused on all the latest news from Stamford Bridge.

And, not only that, but you will get exclusive content from our club writers Sam Inkersole and Adam Newson before anyone else.

You won’t miss a thing when it comes to the Blues.

How do you sign up?

It’s easy and only takes seconds.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article – or any article on the Chelsea section of football.london in fact – labelled ‘Get the biggest daily stories by email’ and click ‘Subscribe’.

Alternatively, you can click here and tick the Chelsea box to subscribe for our Blues newsletter.

If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters – but we don’t think you’ll want to.

“Chelsea’s strength is this group, it’s not like the team of four or five years ago where Eden Hazard was the talisman.

“I think it’s the group for Chelsea. We still don’t know who’ll start the final – he still hasn’t settled on his best 11 as there’s so many good players in the squad.”

Ahead of the FA Cup Final this weekend, Budweiser is giving away all of their advertising and sponsorship space to pubs from West London and Leicester as it calls on fans: Support your club; #SupportYourPubs.





Source link

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on tumblr
Tumblr
Share on stumbleupon
StumbleUpon