Chelsea take on Tottenham in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at the famous Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The last time these two teams met, in a league game just a few weeks ago, they played out a goalless draw. Now both teams, who are separated by only two points in the league, will do battle once again, to decide who faces Liverpool in the FA Cup final.
Tottenham seem to have lost some of the excellent form that saw them even contemplate a challenge for the league title early in the season; Spurs have won only twice in their last 10 league game. However, as is the case with Liverpool, when it comes to Cup ties, the team's league form goes out the window.
Gareth Bale seems to be very confident ahead of this match, even to the extent of saying Tottenham have a better team than the Blues. Additionally, Emmanuel Adebayor, who has not yet won a medal in English football, is equally confident.
"It will be a tough game against Chelsea. We know them well as a team but I believe we can beat them. They are not vulnerable, but certainly beatable and if we believe in ourselves, we can win," ESPN quoted Adebayor as saying.
Chelsea, on the other hand, will be a little tense because of their other (Champions League) semi-final against Barcelona just a couple of days after this game. Apart from that Chelsea seem to be going great over the past few months, after Andre Villas-Boas' sacking. They will be confident after their recent performances in the Champions League. However, they still seem to be struggling to qualify for next season's Champions League. Nonetheless interim manager Roberto Di Matteo will be very confident knowing that Chelsea have a good history at the new Wembley Stadium. However the 41 year old says that they should concentrate on the present game rather than thinking about past achievements.
"It's a new chapter. You look at the stats and it's nice, but that's in the past. We have to look to the present and the future and try to change that. It's not about me. It's about this group of players, Chelsea Football Club. This group of boys have won the FA Cup many times themselves. It's a domestic trophy, and a tradition-rich trophy, well-known all over the world, the FA Cup. It's prestigious to be able to win it," ESPN quoted Di Matteo as saying.
Tottenham Probable Team: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Nelsen, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale; Van Der Vaart; Adebayor.
Chelsea Probable Team: Cech; Bosingwa, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Mata, Sturridge; Drogba.