Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is relishing the Blues’ FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United, pointing to the West Londoners past successes at Wembley Stadium as the reason why the squad is approaching the cup tie with plenty of optimism.
“For me it is the fifth or sixth time playing at Wembley, and it is always good,” Kante was quoted as saying by the club website.
Neither side have been particularly impressive this season, with the Blues finishing a disappointing fifth while United came in second, a massive 19 points behind champions Manchester City.
“Having half and half supporters makes it very special. The only thing I have won there are two semi-finals, so to win one trophy there would be really amazing.”
The EFL Cup didn’t bring much success either and neither did Europe, which leaves the Blues and Red Devils the one chance at lifting any silverware this season: The FA Cup.
“We are all a bit disappointed about our final place in the table, but this is something to win, something to finish the season on a good note, and something we can enjoy all together with the team, the staff, the supporters. We are really looking forward to it.”
After repeated clashes with the board, Antonio Conte’s job is reportedly on the line and a loss on Saturday could see him finally get the sack.
“Every final is different,” the Frenchman, who has been one of the few Blues players to have played at a consistent level throughout the season, insisted.
“We have played Manchester United twice this season, we have won once and lost once, and I think we have our chances of winning this game and getting this trophy” the diminutive midfielder added.
The 2018 FA Cup final kicks off on May 26, 21.45 IST.