3 Key Battles That Could Decide Chelsea and Tottenham's FA Cup Semi-Final Clash

This is an enormous game. England's top two clubs go head to head at Wembley in a clash that could have far wider ramifications than in the FA Cup. This is an opportunity for both sides to deal a psychological blow to the other ahead of what is looking like a grandstand finish to the Premier League. Ahead of what promises to be a heated affair between clubs that do not like each other, here are the key battles that will decide who books a place into the FA Cup Final. The potential Player of...

N'Golo Kante vs Dele Alli

The potential Player of the Year verses the potential Young Player of the Year. 


Dele Alli scored a brace when the sides last met at White Hart Lane in January, as Tottenham prevented Chelsea breaking the all-time record for most consecutive wins in the Premier League. The Three Lions youngster has been in sensational form since, with comparisons made to Blues' legend Frank Lampard. 


N'Golo Kante has been exceptional this season, his performances have released the likes of Eden Hazard to return to his best form. Chelsea will need the tireless Frenchman to be at his destructive best if they are to shackle Tottenham's main man. 

David Luiz vs Harry Kane

After lengthy spell on the sidelines, Tottenham's talismanic forward returned to action last weekend, scoring his 20th Premier League goal of the season. Kane has already scored three goals in just two FA Cup appearances this season, and will be spearheading Spurs' formidable attack on Saturday. 


David Luiz has been the surprise package this season. Few honestly believed he was good enough when Chelsea resigned him from PSG in August. However, under Antonio Conte's stewardship the charismatic Brazilian has thrived. Conte's back three allows the Brazilian to use his reading of the game to clean up, and exceptional passing range to start attacks from deep. 


If the Brazilian can shackle Harry Kane, Chelsea will book their place in the final. 

Eden Hazard vs Mousa Dembele

Over the weekend Jose Mourinho dealt with Eden Hazard better than any other manager has done so this year. With Ander Herrera told to man-mark Hazard like white on rice, the brilliant Belgian was reduced to a bit part role. Without Hazard, Chelsea failed to register a shot on target. 


Do not be surprised if other managers have noticed this, and copy it. 


For Tottenham, the obvious man to keep Hazard quiet is his fellow countryman Mousa Dembele. The Spurs man has plenty of energy and power to contain Hazard, and should know his game better than most from their time with the Belgian national team. 

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