With a pair of European finals on the horizon, the Fixture in Focus team have the privilege of dissecting not one but two games this week, which brings us onto this episode’s first major talking point – what exactly has brought the Premier League back to the pinnacle of continental football once again?
Then there’s the not-so-small matter of the Champions League final involving Premier League runners-up Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, who face some of the same problems; will their familiarity with each other become a leveller, does the long gap between the last Premier League game and the upcoming final benefit or hinder them and should they risk starting two top-class strikers in Roberto Firmino and Harry Kane who may not be fully fit?
Arsenal and Chelsea’s Europa League final, meanwhile, comes thwart with controversy. Only 12,000 fans will be attending the game in Azerbaijan and even one of Arsenal’s players, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, isn’t able to take part due to fears over his own safety. A real UEFA shambles.
Onto the game itself and the #FIFpod team largely agree that it’s a case of Eden Hazard, supercharged by this almost certainly being his last game for Chelsea, versus the tactical nous of serial Europa League winner Unai Emery.
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