Liverpool legend Ian Rush has expressed sympathy with Chelsea with regard to scheduling forward of Saturday’s FA Cup Ultimate – and believes Erling Haaland might be the ‘missing piece of the puzzle’ for Manchester Metropolis of their quest to win the Champions League.
Liverpool head to Wembley in quest of their eighth FA Cup victory however their first since 2006 as they proceed their quest for an unprecedented quadruple. Chelsea are of their third successive remaining within the competitors having misplaced to Leicester Metropolis and Arsenal in 2021 and 2020 respectively.
Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Tuesday night time whereas Chelsea performed on Wednesday night, successful 3-0 at Leeds United. And Rush believes that this might hand the Reds a bonus. “Tuchel has pointed out that Liverpool have an extra night’s rest following their last Premier League game,” he informed Playing.com. “He has a point, to be fair. At this level, given how important fitness is to the top teams, recovery time is absolutely crucial.
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“Both Liverpool and Chelsea play with high intensity and their preparation is so meticulous, so I can empathise with Tuchel for being aggrieved at Liverpool getting an extra 24 hours to ready themselves.”
Rush additionally believes that Metropolis’s £51m acquisition of Haaland from Borussia Dortmund that was introduced earlier this week will make life even more durable for Liverpool subsequent yr in catching their rivals. He stated: “It’s fairly outstanding Metropolis are the place they’re with out an out-and-out ahead of their ranks, however the energy of their squad means they’ve had the flexibility to strive gamers in numerous positions and nonetheless rating loads of objectives, however Haaland will give them a extra apparent focus.
“There’s no getting around the fact that [the] signing is going to make Manchester City even stronger next season. They tried and failed to sign Harry Kane last summer so we always knew they were in the market for a new striker, and few would argue that Haaland makes sense. He doesn’t have any Premier League experience but he’s still so young it’s a signing for the future as well as the present. He’s expected to start scoring goals right from the off, but even if he doesn’t hit the ground running he’ll get the time he needs to find his feet.”
Rush also feels that City’s various Champions League heartbreaks over recent years in the latter stages of the competition were a motivating factor in signing the Borussia Dortmund striker. He said: “City have so many good players around him it’s difficult to see anything other than him scoring week-in-week-out, but I suspect the main reason they’re signing him is to try and finally get over the line in the Champions League.
“When you look back at their semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, they missed a string of chances to put the tie to bed. Haaland would have gobbled up those chances and City might have won 6-3 instead of 4-3 and saw out that lead in Madrid. But things didn’t work out for them and maybe that’s why they’ve moved so quickly to wrap up the deal with next season’s Champions League already in mind.
“For a young man, he’s already got plenty of experience in the Champions League, and his record speaks for itself. Is he the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to City conquering Europe? Quite possibly.”