Man City and Liverpool are nearly inseparable as two of the best teams in the world, but at Wembley today, something has to give.
But something has to give this afternoon beneath the Wembley arch.
During this fast-paced season, the two teams have drawn twice, the most recent being at the Etihad last weekend.
Only one team may play in the FA Cup final on May 14 versus Chelsea or Crystal Palace.
This match has come to symbolize more than just the best football this country has to offer, with Guardiola vs Klopp, De Bruyne vs Salah, Dias vs Van Dijk.
Manchester City vs Liverpool is now a match between the world’s two best teams.
In the Premier League title race, only a point separates them as they compete for a trophy that hasn’t been won by a club since Chelsea in 2017.
Both are in fine form in Europe, having secured their berths in the Champions League semi-finals this week – and only a fool would bet against them meeting again on May 28 at the Stade de France.
The nature of their individual semi-final clashes, on the other hand, may present an advantage this weekend.
Atletico Madrid forced City to fight through blood, sweat, and tears on a tense evening in Madrid that saw pandemonium reign supreme and terrible brawls erupt.
Liverpool, meanwhile, were given the opportunity to relax at Anfield, resting players like as Mo Salah and Sadio Mane from the starting XI as they drew 3-3 with Benfica after winning 3-1 in Portugal.
Guardiola launched his first “mind games” grenade after his team’s 0-0 draw in the Spanish capital, just as the dust had settled on volume three of this season’s rivalry with Liverpool this weekend.
“We’re in huge trouble,” he remarked. We played three days ago against a difficult Liverpool side, traveled, and arrived here with a lot of injuries.”
And while City may struggle to prepare for today’s match, Guardiola is more than likely to have a strategy in mind…
But, without a doubt, so will Klopp, since these two are the greatest in the business right now, and no one else comes close.