N’Golo Kante or Ander Herrera? That seems to be the current discussion on twitter.
Monday 13th March saw league leaders Chelsea host 6th place Manchester United in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. With both teams wanting to join their rivals in the semi-finals, it promised an exciting game.
The game got off to a reasonably slow start, until Ander Herrera saw red for a second yellow card early in the first half. This caused debate on Twitter, with accounts stating Eden Hazard as a “diver” and referee Michael Oliver a “fraud”. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter whether the tackle was a second yellow, Herrera was silly to make the challenge having already been booked.
The game came to life when N’Golo Kante struck from 20 yards past David De Gea to give Chelsea the lead.
For the remainder of the game, Chelsea kept possession well and attempted to see out the game, whereas opponents Manchester United tried to take advantage of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini’s height.
United were closest to scoring when youngster Marcus Rashford underwent an extraordinary run after beating David Luiz and Gary Cahill, before unleashing a left footed strike which forced a good low save from Thibaut Courtois.
With things heating up both on and off the pitch, Rojo and Costa continuously harassed each-other whilst Mourinho and Conte gave each-other verbal abuse on the sideline.
The game ended 1-0 to the hosts with N’Golo Kante picking up the MOTM award.
Chelsea will face Tottenham in the semi-finals whereas rivals Arsenal will face Manchester City.
Now, the exciting part. Ander Herrera or N’Golo Kante? That had been the discussion on football twitter in the build up to the game. Manchester United fan accounts were embarrassed early into the match when Herrera saw red, before Kante rubbed salt in the wounds by scoring a wonderful goal. Prior to the match, I read tweets saying “Herrera>Kante”, “People think Kante isn’t superior to Herrera, we’ll see”. These tweets “banged” and those accounts have since silenced.
All in all, Chelsea deserved to win the game and deservedly have reserved a place in the FA Cup semi-final. Good luck to them.