Brendan Rodgers takes on the club that sent him on their way to an FA Cup final.
The Leicester City boss takes on Chelsea in the flagship event – which you can listen to live on talkSPORT.
Rodgers is looking to win his first trophy in English football as he builds on the success he enjoyed at Celtic before joining the Premier League in 2019.
He is sacking Leicester and hopes to finish in the top four this season, having narrowly missed a drop in form last year after football resumed in June amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A trophy might just be rewards for the 48-year-old, but he owes a lot to the club he faces.
It was Jose Mourinho who convinced Rodgers to step down as director of Reading Academy in 2004.
He was appointed head coach of the youth of the prestigious Chelsea academy on the recommendation of Steve Clarke.
The Northern Irishman was then promoted to boss of the reserve squad two years later and retained that role even after Mourinho left.
It was in 2008 that he left the Blues to take his first senior position when he was appointed by Watford who was in the league at the time.
Speaking in 2019, Rodgers said: “I think Jose made a huge impression on me when I went to Chelsea. Throughout my journey, I have had a lot of mentors. In Reading Alan Pardew has been great for me as a young coach. Then when I went to Chelsea, Jose had a huge impact on the preparation.
“This first spell when he was there, he had a great charisma, but he could manage it very well between the direction, the coaching side and the detail of his work.
“We have never been fully aligned in terms [of] the way we saw the game, but we had a lot of similarities. We enjoyed communicating with players and people, we were both ambitious – wanted to do well – and we always wanted to make sure that our work was of the highest quality. It was a great reference for me.
Mourinho could see Rodgers’ talents and was not surprised to see him pursue a managerial career that took him to Reading, Swansea, Liverpool, Celtic and ultimately Leicester.
Mourinho said last year: “I’m not impressed, I know how good he is. When I met him as a young coach at the academy, and coming to join us in the first team and sharing many moments with us, I understood that he was a young man with a bright future.
“So everything he does in his career comes as no surprise to me, not at all. He’s very talented, he was and probably still is a guy who loves to study, learn and improve. He’s creative, he knows what he wants.
“He’s a very good coach. Period. He’s a very good coach so it’s no surprise to me.
Chelsea vs Leicester in the FA Cup Final is live on talkSPORT from 5.15pm on Saturday 15 May
To connect, click on the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.
Here are the other ways to listen …
App iPhone – Download from the Apple Store
Android – Download from Google Play
Radio – talkSPORT is available across the UK via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731