Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte will face off in the 137th FA Cup final at Wembley today.
Each of these managers will be eager to lift the famous trophy after both have come in for some stinging criticism over the course of this campaign.
Conte has seen his side that won the Premier League title at a canter last season, finish in a hugely disappointing fifth place and outside the Champions League qualification spots.
Despite, Mourinho guiding United to second in the league, their best finish since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the 55-year-old coaches defensive tactics have been widely questioned.
In fact, many observers have voiced their concern that a meeting of United’s ultra pragmatic Portuguese coach and Chelsea’s Italian boss who is steeped in the traditions of Catenaccio will result in a drab fixture.
However, Mourinho insists that games do not always have to be high scoring affairs to be entertaining.
“I don’t understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don’t think so,’’ he said.
“I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result.
“For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that’s entertaining. I think it will be entertaining.”