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FA Cup final: 3 key battles that will decide the outcome

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1.95K   //    19 May 2018, 13:54 IST

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Pogba and Kante are vital for their sides

Two of the Premier League's heavyweight clubs collide on Saturday in the FA Cup final, as Chelsea take on Manchester United at Wembley.

The Red Devils have had an average season this campaign and Mourinho will be eager to pick up their first piece of silverware this season.

As for Chelsea and Antonio Conte, a victory in the final will bring an end to a poor season for the club, looking to end the season on a high. The game could have massive consequences as Conte could lose his job if his side fail to win.

Also read: Follow the FA Cup final live with Anirudh Menon

In what promises to be a close battle, here are three key battles that could decide Saturday's Wembley showpiece.


#3 Paul Pogba vs N'Golo Kante

The battle of the Frenchmen, at the middle of the park, will determine not only the flow of the game but could decide the game. The player who overshadows the other on the day will likely help guide his team to a massive victory over a giant rival.

With both men named in Didier Deschamps squad for France, they will play alongside each other at the World Cup. However, on Saturday one will look to get the better of the other and provide his team with a better chance at winning the contest.

Both players have got the better of each other in previous meetings and will be a closely fought encounter between two of the best midfielders in the league. With solid pace, passing, work rate and break up play, Kante could halt Pogba's galloping runs. While Pogba could creatively outplay Kante by controlling the ball and the game, as it promises to be an intriguing battle.

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