What do we do now?
Ever since the curtains came down on the 2017-18 Premier League season, I would have wagered my life savings that a particular question has been lingering in our minds for way longer than we care to admit: What in the heavens do we do with our weekend mornings from now on? Turkish League perhaps? For some, the final selection of World Cup squads breathed new vigor and anticipation to a time in the near future when the collective mind of humankind rejoices as it becomes fully ensconced in the latest happenings in Russia. For others, next weekend’s Champions League final offers a lifeline for those whose struggle with FPL withdrawal is more acute. Ah yes, What is one to do now?
I’m sure you were expecting me to get you all amped up for today’s game between Manchester United and Chelsea, but the truth is that I haven’t thought much about this game all week. I assure you this isn’t some type of reverse psychology to will an epic and beautiful final into existence; instead it is the sobering assessment of the current state of both teams.
Manchester United gave us a very stiff second place performance in the league this season. Fans and media alike routinely lamented and scoffed at the brand of play that masqueraded as ManUtd football, especially when compared to the exquisite champagne style of football that was promulgated by their neighborhood rival. Jose Mourinho reminded no one of the magical Sir Alex Ferguson era (get well soon, gaffer!)
Chelsea fell completely into the sunken place this past term. They did a poor job reminding us they were defending champions, failing to secure a place in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League. Antonio Conte looks to be on the way out. After the title win last year, his legacy should remain fairly intact despite the outcome this weekend.
Summer 2017 gossip was dominated by Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, yet the final is not billed as a match-up between these two, perhaps because neither will even feature. Neither has lived up to the gargantuan expectations laid at his feet at the start of the season, though the Belgian can feel a little better about his campaign.
Both teams need to retool again this summer. Chelsea especially, as a restless Eden Hazard is sure to be paying close attention. Neither club will feel that lifting the FA Cup trophy can plaster over the disappointing Champions League and Premier League seasons, but fans will be happy on the day to win some silverware.
Are you excited about the FA Cup final? Or has it lost some of its appeal over the years? What are your predictions for today? Are you just happy to chat with your mates again? Tell us in the comments below...