FA CUP SEMI-FINAL Chelsea V Tottenham Hotspur- But, pray tell, what if football were a Shakespearean play in many Acts?

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ake, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.
Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah, Fabregas, Hazard, Costa.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Kane.
Subs: Lopez, Davies, Walker, Wimmer, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen.


Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

  • All-London FA Cup semi-final at Wembley as Chelsea play Tottenham Hotspur
  • The two rivals are also contesting the Premier League title at the moment
  • Winner will play either Arsenal or Manchester City in the final next month 
  • CHELSEA: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Ake; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro
  • SPURS: Lloris (C), Trippier, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Kane
    The stage is all set up.

    Wembley is looking pretty today, a fine damsel in distress. The perfect setting for a game like this. But, pray tell, what if football were a Shakespearean play in many Acts? Then today’s FA cup semi final surely could qualify for the old bard’s writings. Let’s make it a tragedy.

    Elements of Shakespeare’s Tragedies

    Some of the most common elements in Shakespearean tragedies are:

    • The fatal flaw – all of the heroes in Shakespeare’s tragedies have a weakness in personality that eventually leads to their downfall.
    • Fall of the nobleman – many of the men in Shakespeare’s tragedies have extreme wealth and power, making their downfall more tragic.
    • External pressure – Shakespeare’s tragic heroes often fall victim to external pressure from others, such as evil spirits and manipulative characters who play a role in their downfall.
    • Hero – The hero has opportunities for redemption but never takes advantage of these in time, which leads to death.

    Shakespeare’s tragedies usually share several features, including:

    • Shakespeare’s tragedies begin in an ordered society but end with chaos.
    • Change is often reflected by changes in the environment, with storms or other happenings in the natural world.
    • The audience often develops sympathy for the hero.
    • The protagonist is usually a person of good character who is destroyed by his own ego or desire for self-advancement.

    Now the beauty of this scenario is that you can make your favorite players different characters. The players are dancing in your brain, like deft boots swirling the ball towards the goal in perfect succession.  For example, the protagonist could be Costa or even Conte the coach.  Or Hugo Lloris on the Spurs side.  (Gets himself in all spots of bother.) Kane is great and scores a header. The audience is of course the people watching the match. You can create your own play.  It doesn’t have to be tragic, even if your side looses. Make it a comedy if you like, with masks and hidden identities. But remember, the game’s the thing wherein you’ll catch the conscience of the win. Willian’s the hero who scored the goals. Hazard a guess; it’s autoMATIC.


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