January 23, 2019

Chelsea's Courtois expects Mourinho 'surprises' in FA Cup final

17 May 2018, 11:20 | Anna Jefferson

Chelsea's Courtois expects Mourinho 'surprises' in FA Cup final

Chelsea's Courtois expects Mourinho 'surprises' in FA Cup final

He has scored only three goals but one of them was the equaliser in the 2-1 semi-final win over Tottenham which made it eight goals in just six appearances at the national stadium. I think we have to continue to improve for next season.

United's progress under Mourinho has been impressive this season and they garnered 12 more points in the Premier League than they did in his first season.

Pep Guardiola has expressed admiration for the way Jose Mourinho sets up his teams, noting the way his players "are always like soldiers".

Conte then warned his players at the start of this season not to let their standards slip to the levels of "the last season with Mourinho". "We have another chance to play in another final against a top team".

Courtois, who won the Premier League title under the Portuguese in the 2014-15 season, said Chelsea are now better prepared for the challenge as they hope to finish the season with a piece of silverware.

Chelsea's Courtois expects Mourinho 'surprises' in FA Cup final
Chelsea's Courtois expects Mourinho 'surprises' in FA Cup final

While he would like nothing more than to lead United to victory against his old club, several of his players could also rub salt into Chelsea's wounds too.

Cahill admits that those celebrations may have encouraged a relaxed atmosphere, but, with his side struggling in the final two games of the season, he admits that it feels different this time around.

Manchester United opened its doors to the Hollywood superhero, and had no idea how far he was willing to go to promote his new film. We have to be fighting hard to win something and we have that opportunity next week. We're out of here, we're gone.

Winning the FA Cup won't make up for all that disappointment, but it will certainly boost morale heading into next season and Lukaku will be vital in making that happen for United. This game has so much at stakes for both the teams.

"A very organised game plan, for sure", Cahill said of how Mourinho will prepare United. "Experience - he's a very successful manager and that's not by luck, it's by preparation".

Other News

Trending Now

Bottas quickest on final day in Barcelona
It was expected to be done before the start of the current campaign, but it has dragged on with the season now five races old. But Hamilton was back on the track at the Circuit de Catalunya in the first of a two-day in-season test yesterday.

Banned ozone-destroying chemical makes a mysterious resurgence
But in 2012 scientists noted that the rate of decline had slowed by 50 per cent, according to the new study. CFCs and other molecules have mainly eroded ozone in the upper stratosphere, and over the poles.

Samsung halts Galaxy S7 Oreo rollout in United Kingdom due to random reboots
Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ are expected to feature a similar spec-sheet with differences in display size, battery and rear camera. If you can't get to a Support Centre, you'll have to reset the phone using Recovery mode, which will wipe all your data.

The Markle Debacle Continues: Half-Sister Samantha Has Been Hospitalised
Samantha allegedly hit the windshield and fell to the floor mat, twisting her foot backward. Photos emerged last week of Thomas making preparations for his daughter's big day.

Ford Restarts F150 Truck Series Production After Fire
Ford stopped making the big pickup trucks at KTP on May 5 following a fire at a supplier plant in MI . The plant makes structural parts with about one-third going to Ford.

'Ride of Silence' participants commemorate fallen riders and promote safety
Participant Jake Mastera said he's been hit a couple times and feels it's important to take part in spreading the message. The goal of the ride is to raise awareness of cycling safety while advocating for safer roads and meaningful legislation.

Amazon's Alexa Voice Assistant comes to Android smartphones
The online retail giant said Wednesday that developers can now apply to test the voices, which were built to sound like U.S. Polly will let skill developers choose from eight different English voices and a wide variety of non-English voices.

French Oil Firm May Leave Iran
Joe Kaeser, the CEO of Germany's Siemens ( SIEGn.DE ), told CNN his company would not be able to do any new business with Tehran. Total owns 50 percent of the project with a Chinese company owning a 30 percent stake.

Liverpool tell Real Madrid they want Navas, Ceballos, plus cash for Salah
Next stop Kiev for the Champions League final against Real Madrid , who will provide a much tougher examination. It's for us like a little pre-season to the game.

Tesla Registers New Business In China
Currently, China restricts foreign auto firms to a maximum 50 percent ownership of joint ventures with local companies. Beijing has set an ambitious target, whereby new-energy vehicles will account for a fifth of total sales by 2025.