MARK SCHWARZER: Kasper Schmeichel is at the peak of his strength and can remain at the top for years
MARK SCHWARZER: Kasper Schmeichel is at the peak of his strength following his world class performance helping Leicester win their first ever FA Cup … he can stay on top for many years to come
- At the age of 34, Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel still has many years at the top
- His saves from Chilwell and Mount were world class and helped win the FA Cup
- It was pure reactions to stop Chilwell’s header late on the post
- He’s not old for a goalkeeper either – Kasper is at the peak of his strength
At the age of 34, Kasper Schmeichel has many years at the top. His saves from Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount were world class and helped Leicester win the FA Cup.
Chilwell’s header was so close to goal that Schmeichel would have had no indication as to which direction the ball would go.
They were pure responses to prevent it from going in by mail.
Mount’s second save was a combination of excellent response, athletic agility, and a strong hand. It was equally impressive.
At the age of 34, Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel still has many years at the top
Sometimes you see goalkeepers taking a little jump to set themselves up before diving and those precious wasted milliseconds can be the difference between reaching the ball and not reaching the ball quite.
Kasper did not jump, he reacted again and dove in one move, allowing him to get to the ball incredibly quickly. It was a strong palm too, but if it hadn’t taken off immediately, it wouldn’t have gained weight at all.
He is not old for a goalkeeper. Gianluigi Buffon is 43, that’s old. Kasper is at the height of his power. Everything is ready to make today’s players go on longer than previous generations – all the nutrition, nutrition and physiology information is available and Kasper has embraced that.
Losing the final is a big blow to Chelsea, especially as it comes after a Premier League defeat at home to Arsenal. Thomas Tuchel brought in the new manager, but as often happens, the initial momentum can be followed by setbacks. Chelsea gets a little dip at the wrong time of the season.
His saves from Chilwell and Mount were world class and helped Leicester win the FA Cup
He put down a man of match-worthy performance while denying Chelsea at Wembley
They lost against Arsenal because they did not take their chances. Even more worryingly, yesterday’s defeat was due to the team dropping out in all respects. They didn’t create many opportunities until the end when Schmeichel made his saves.
Chelsea never had control of the midfield where Youri Tielemans led the show. Timo Werner scared the living daylights out of Leicester early on as Jonny Evans was clearly not fit. Once Evans switched, Leicester had more control.
They were right on their game as Chelsea tried to force things to do and suffered from a lack of movement.
For Tuesday’s game against Leicester, the Champions League final spots are up for grabs for Tuchel’s players as they try to bounce back.
The blessing for Chelsea is that their dressing room has a lot of experience with players like Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger. Tuchel has also had to endure setbacks at major clubs before. They don’t have time to sit back and feel sorry for themselves.
Schmeichel isn’t old for a goalkeeper either – he’s at the peak of his strength
They have to get started right away with the next big game, so fast and the biggest of all, the Champions League final against Manchester City, in fourteen days.
I’m sure it was difficult for the Chelsea players to learn about a new manager, when there are so many games that you can’t have good training sessions to build a rhythm.
Their big characters will have to make their voices heard to keep a bad week from spoiling the end of the season.