Chelsea manager, Rafa Benitez, and midfielder, Frank Lampard, have spoken ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup Semi-Final with City. See what they have to say below:
We’ve tried to manage our squad and we have players with some fresh legs. Hopefully we will be fine. We have too many games and we have to use the squad. Everyone has to be on their toes. They are doing really well. I was praising them yesterday and today. You could see last night (Paolo) Ferreira had to play at left-back and he’d not played for a while. (Nathan) Ake is a young player. (Victor) Moses and Yossi (Benayoun) were working hard. They did really well.
They (City) are a good team in a good position in the table, and did well against Manchester United the other day. We know it’ll be difficult but it’s a semi-final in a massive competition. We know what we did wrong against them in the league and we’ll make sure we don’t make the same mistakes. They’re a good team, a strong squad. They have a manager with experience and they have confidence at the moment. We know we’ll have to do our best if we want to progress.
It’s a tournament that’s been pretty good to us. We’ve just performed very well and we’ve got good success. That can change the minute you don’t perform so well.
Against a team of Man City’s quality, you can’t take any positives from previous history. If they’re at their best, we’re below our best, they’ll probably win the game, and vice-versa. You’re talking about two very good teams. We’ve got a lot of respect for them and I think it will be a good match, especially if both teams are at their best. You’ll see a proper Wembley semi-final.
There’s a few key threats for them, (Carlos) Tevez is a fantastic player. I love his energy and his quality. He’s always a threat and he’s done it against us a few times. (Sergio) Aguero, what he did the other night (scoring against United), speed off the mark, his ability. I think they’ll probably be on a high from their last result in the league, but other than that I think it’s an even start with two good teams.
Compiled by Rob Toole