Cech demands Chelsea riposte against Fulham after FA Cup disappointment

After being beaten by Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, the Czech shot-stopper has warned his team-mates to remedy their cup hangover with a strong Premier League display

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has challenged his team-mates to remedy their FA Cup semi-final anguish by beating Fulham and boost their bid for Champions League qualification.

The Blues were denied a place in the competition's showpiece after losing 2-1 to Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, and now return to Premier League action against the Cottagers with a top-four finish still their primary objective.

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Rafael Benitez's side will leapfrog Arsenal back into third should they prevail in the west London derby at Craven Cottage, and Cech has underlined the importance of shaking off any lingering cup hangover prior to kick-off.

"For us, the disappointment of losing the semi-final against City will be a factor, and we need to make sure we are over that," Cech told the club's official website.

"It's a derby game, a huge game anyway, and if they win they know they are safe from relegation and can then play without pressure. It's a tough fixture for us, it always has been.

"They often raise their game at Craven Cottage, especially against us. We never find it easy to play there, but the pressure is on us now and we need to win our games to make it easier to qualify for the Champions League."