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Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard

Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard

Chelsea star Victor Moses and his teammates used balloons and other creative instruments in preparation for their FA Cup final against Manchester United.

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Against that troubled backdrop, it would be a fitting coda to Conte's woes if United manager Jose Mourinho was the man to shove his rival towards the exit door.

Antonio Conte's disillusionment with the board seemed to have seeped into the body language of the players as the Italian struggled to get the consistency out of his players that won him the Premier League in the previous season.

Two teams who have dominated the domestic landscape over the past decade duel it out on Saturday in an FA Cup full of some truly intriguing subplots.

The Chile global has scored seven goals and provided one assist in his seven games for both club and country, winning two FA Cups and the Community Shield with Arsenal in the process.

Chelsea's seventh and most recent FA Cup triumph was under Roberto Di Matteo in 2012, and the London outfit were defeated in last year's final by Arsenal.

Having claimed second place in the Premier League but endured a deflating Champions League campaign, going out in the last 16 at the hands of Sevilla, there have been mixed verdicts on United's season to this point.

A win for Manchester United would see them equal Arsenal's current record of 13 FA Cup titles.

Just 12 months ago, Chelsea swaggered into the FA Cup final as the newly crowned Premier League champions following Conte's dazzling debut season.

Conte, in turn, described former Chelsea manager Mourinho as a "little man" and "a fake".

"We played very good games at the same level as last season, some even better, like the one [2-1 win] against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano [on September 27]". "Last year we didn't play well. We have to approach the game with the correct mentality", Rashford said.

Conte comes into what could very well be his final game in charge of Chelsea, with many believing he will be leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.

"My first year (in the Premier League), Arsene had always treated me like a son, but the closest anyone has been to him was Jose". I am doing this from the start until the end.

And he will know that doing the same against this Chelsea side - certainly unsafe but prone to stagnancy at times - will cause problems against a defence which has come under serious scrutiny this season. 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.

To sum up, three wins for Manchester United, one draw, and four wins for Chelsea.

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