There doesn’t appear to be a cloud in the sky over any portion of England today. Middlesbrough, like Birmingham at lunchtime and my area of north London all day, is bathed in sunshine in the late afternoon.
Before the FA Cup quarter-final match between Middlesbrough and Chelsea, a general view from outside the stadium.
MIDDLESBROUGH STARTING LINEUP
Lumley, Anfernee Dijksteel, McNair, Fry, Jones, Crooks, Howson, Tavernier, Taylor, Balogun, Connolly
CHELSEA STARTING LINEUP
Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Mount, Sarr, Ziyech, Pulisic, Lukaku
Chelsea have already scored an own goal before the start of their sixth-round tie, after oddly requesting that it be played behind closed doors, an intervention that was quickly refused and which will incite the home fans to be louder than before. “I expect an FA Cup atmosphere, and I don’t think there’s any need for anything more antagonistic,” Thomas Tuchel said yesterday, adding, “I don’t think these are the phrases we should use in football, especially not in these times.”
Boro have already eliminated Manchester United and Tottenham from this season’s FA Cup, but they are playing at a different level than Chelsea, despite their problems. “I believe Chelsea did not deserve to be in the position they are in.”
The match is promising to be an interesting one as they set to begin.
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