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Chelsea Aims To Further Revive Season In Cup

London, Mar 16: Chelsea can take another step to reviving what had looked set to be a disastrous season when it hosts Leicester in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Sunday.Two weeks ago, Chelsea

India TV News Desk [ Updated: March 16, 2012 8:03 IST ]
chelsea aims to further revive season in cup
chelsea aims to further revive season in cup

London, Mar 16: Chelsea can take another step to reviving what had looked set to be a disastrous season when it hosts Leicester in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Sunday.


Two weeks ago, Chelsea was struggling in the cup, appeared to be on the verge of Champions League elimination and its hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League were fading after one win from six matches.

But three straight wins have lifted morale and put the west London club back in contention for all three competitions, with only second-tier Leicester now standing in the way of a Wembley semifinal appearance.

"We proved we're a team and that's what we're all about," Chelsea captain John Terry said. "That togetherness when it really mattered showed what Chelsea are made of.

"All we can do as players is stick together and do what we do best, which is playing football and winning football matches."

Liverpool hosts Stoke in Sunday's other quarterfinal, while Everton is at home to Sunderland on Saturday, when Tottenham takes on Bolton in north London.

Chelsea's firing of coach Andre Villas-Boas following months of reports of clashes with players seems to have rejuvenated and bonded the squad, which immediately beat Birmingham in an FA Cup replay, Stoke in the Premier League and Napoli in the Champions League.

"The only way to answer it is to win games and play well and we've done that," midfielder Frank Lampard said.

Chelsea has won its last five meetings with second-tier Leicester, scoring four goals in each of the last two, and is now a strong contender for a fourth FA Cup win in six seasons.

After scoring in the 4-1 win over Napoli, Didier Drogba looks set to continue up front in place of Fernando Torres, who has just five goals in 50 appearances since joining Chelsea in January 2011.

Torres' former club, Liverpool, is aiming to add a first FA Cup title since 2006 to the League Cup it won in a shootout last month.

Stoke reached last season's FA Cup final but lost 1-0 to Manchester City and still has never won football's oldest cup competition.

Only Arsenal and Manchester United have won the FA Cup more times than Tottenham but the last of Spurs' eight wins was 21 years ago and they need to put a Premier League three-game losing streak behind them to overcome Bolton.

It's a massive game for us," Tottenham winger Gareth Bale said. "We know our league form hasn't been great of late, but the FA Cup is a different competition and, being at home, we've got a great chance to get to the semifinals."

There are only four Premier League games scheduled for the weekend, with Swansea at Fulham and West Bromwich Albion at Wigan on Saturday.

Defending champion Manchester United can temporarily stretch its lead over City to five points if it wins at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, when Newcastle hosts Norwich.

City's match against Chelsea has been rescheduled to Wednesday because of its opponents' FA Cup commitments.

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