If he is fit and selected by Crystal Palace manager Patrick Veira, Nigerian blood Michael Olise is one player who can hurt a physically exhausted Chelsea team. A former Chelsea academy player, Olise left the Blues at 14 after seven years at Cobham.
Chelsea will face Crystal Palace today Sunday 17th April 2022 in the second semi final of the English FA Cup by 4.30pm at Wembley . The winner of the match will face Liverpool in the final after the Merseyside giants over powered Manchester city 3-2 to continue their quadruple chase.
Against a Chelsea team that invested so much energy into the failed mission to go past Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, the speed and intelligence of Michael Olise will demand and insert ” More Strain ” on the body of Chelsea players if they most stop him.
Chelsea’s Midfielders have struggled against fast and intelligent Midfielders as seen in both legs of the UEFA Champions League quarter final clash vs Real Madrid where Crotian Midfielder Luka Modric ran rings around the Chelsea Midfielders to open up the path for his Attackers to penetrate into a ” Not too stable ” Chelsea defence line .
With Conor Gallagher ineligible , another one time Chelsea academy player Micheal Olise possesses the qualities to open up Chelsea’s Midfield and free Palace forwards Wilfred Zaha and co to test what’s left in the power bank of the Chelsea defenders.
Born to a Nigerian father and a French/Algerian mother, Micheal Olise was instrumental to Crystal Palace escaping 3rd round elimination in the FA Cup vs Millwall. The Midfielder scored the equalizer before setting up the Winner In January.
That was the foundation for the Eagles impressive run to qualify for a 3rd FA Cup semi final in the clubs history. Palace Manager Patrick Veira has revealed that Olise could play a part in the game after only resuming training this week.
In his pre match interview Patrick Veira gave updates on the decision to play or rest Olise , He said ” We have Tyrick [Mitchell] and Michael [Olise], who have had some training on the field individually yesterday and a little more today. Of course, then we have to wait until tomorrow to see any reaction but they will only get involved in the game if they are 100 percent fit.”
It will be a huge boost for Thomas Tuchels men if Palace Micheal Olise is left out of the squad today. It will mean One less athletic and creative concern and reduction in service to the main threat Wilfred Zaha.