Chelsea vs. Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final is a fascinating battle for many reasons.
Jose Mourinho will return to his former ground hoping to get revenge for losing 4-0 there earlier in the season as both sides look to progress to the last-four of the competition.
During that match back in October, Mourinho clashed with Chelsea boos Antonio Conte after he took offence to the Italian rallying the crowd towards the end of the match.
While the contest on the touchline is set to be intriguing, the battle on the pitch will be equally pulsating.
Chelsea will be looking to keep their hopes of winning the domestic double alive with them already having one hand on the Premier League title. Meanwhile, United are looking for a cup treble having already won the EFL Cup as they also seek glory in the Europa League.
And one individual battle that we can’t wait for is N’Golo Kante vs Paul Pogba.
Kante and Pogba may both be French central midfielders signed by their respective clubs in the summer but they have very contrasting styles.
Kante has performed brilliantly for Chelsea this season in a defensive midfield role as he breaks up opponents’ attacks with embarrassing ease. Whereas Pogba is a bit more offensive and will be looking to influence the away side going forward.
And one man that knows both players very well is Conte himself.
Conte signed Pogba for Juventus and the duo spent two seasons together in Turin, winning the Serie A title twice.
Conte on Kante vs Pogba
But, who is better: Kante or Pogba? Well, Conte was asked that very question ahead of Chelsea’s clash with United but responded in a very dignified manner.
"They are two different players with different characteristics," the Chelsea manager said. "It’s very difficult to try to compare Paul and N’Golo – two top players but with different characteristics.”
While the £30 million signing of Kante is regarded as an excellent piece of business from Chelsea, the £89 million signing of Pogba is considered by some to be a waste of money.
However, having worked with him, Conte believes the 23-year-old can cause his side plenty of problems in their FA Cup clash and is a 'top player'.
"I don’t like to talk about the players of the other teams, but in this case, with Paul, I have had the opportunity in the past to train him and, yeah, we are talking about a top player in all the situations," he said.
"Also, in his commitment during training sessions to try to improve himself, with great technique, physically strong and great stamina – I can tell you that Paul Pogba is a top player.
"We are working to try to find the right solution for the whole team, not only for Pogba or for one individual player. We are studying Manchester United to try to find the right solution. Paul is a really good player, we must pay great attention to him, but it’s right to think about the whole Manchester United team because this team is very strong."
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