When the draw was made for the fourth round of the FA Cup I’m sure, like me, most of you were pretty excited at the prospect of facing old rivals Millwall for the first time since our infamous clash way back in 1995. As it turns out, they’ll do anything just to annoy us – that’s what I’m putting their defeat away by Bradford City in the replay down to anyway.
As interesting as it might have been to face The Lions once again, I reckon it’s not all bad that we’ve dodged them this time‘round, especially seeing as there’s a very limited chance of trouble flaring up when Bradford come to town.
I’m not saying that Millwall would’ve beaten us on the day, but over the years there have been loads of occasions where lower-division sides beat their Premier League rivals in derby matches. At least there’s no chance of that happening here!
They would definitely have been up for this, seeing as they’ve only won once since the start of November and a scalp of our size would quite possibly be enough to keep Ian Holloway in a job a bit longer.
The Bantams, on the other hand, might be doing well in League One but that’s exactly what they are – a League One side. Mourinho sets his sides up for victory against any team we’re playing and, though we’ve had a few slip-ups over the years (who can forget Barnsley away in 2008?), I don’t believe Chelsea have ever gone into a game with any real complacency – we know arrogance can be costly. That’s why the FA Cup betting odds for Chelsea to win the trophy yet again are such good value, because we’ve always got a real chance of winning the thing.
Getting through against Bradford would mean we’re only three games away from another final day out at Wembley and, although that can sometimes derail a team’s season, we’ve got more than enough depth in the squad to make it all the way this year. I mean, we could play our second XI for all the remaining FA Cup rounds and still have a decent chance of taking the trophy.
In goal, you’re looking at Petr Cech; Filipe Luis, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake in defence; Mohamed Salah, John Mikel Obi, Ramires, Loic Remy and Andre Schurrle in midfield; and Didier Drogba up front.
Now, I know a few of them would be playing in other competitions but, let’s face it, they should be fresh enough to compete in the cups as well as the odd Premier League game.
The thing is, I’m not the manager, Jose is, and he won’t play a second string in the FA Cup – he places massive importance on every tournament we enter. And I love him for that because it just means our odds of finishing the season as FA Cup winners are even better! K