Rafa Benitez has said that despite the important FA Cup match with Manchester United this weekend, Chelsea are completely focussed on their Europa League tie with Steaua Bucharest this evening. Benitez also said that he doesn’t believe the squad is tired after playing a lot of games in recent weeks.
With two crucial cup matches this week, David Luiz is already looking ahead to the FA Cup match with Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend, saying that Chelsea can capitalise on United’s Champions League heartbreak at the hands of Real Madrid on Tuesday:
“The happiness in Manchester United's hearts will not be there and Chelsea can use this to win our game on Sunday. United will be playing at home but some players and supporters will be thinking 'it's not the Champions League' and it will be difficult for them to come in with the same form."
Luiz is desperate to win both the FA Cup and the Europa League this year to make up for a disappointing season, and believes Chelsea have the squad to do so despite their congested fixture list in recent months.
Luiz also found time to praise his Brazilian team mate Oscar, saying that once the midfielder overcomes his shyness he will be one of the best players in Europe.
Rubin Kazan and Lokomotiv Moscow are the two clubs leading the chase for Yossi Benayoun, who will leave Chelsea as a free agent in the summer. The midfielder has never had much of an impact at Stamford Bridge, spending most of the past two seasons out on loan.
Gianluca Vialli has suggested he would be interested in returning to manage Chelsea next season, and said he believes that Italians have done a fine job as manager at the club in recent years. Vialli also backed Benitez’s decision to speak out about his situation at Stamford Bridge, but said it would be impossible for the Spaniard to remain in charge next season.
Jose Mourinho has suggested his next job will mostly likely be in England. The Portuguese manager is set to leave Real Madrid in the summer, and there have been suggestions that Chelsea are desperate to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
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