Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero has said that the FA Cup is of vital importance for his side.
The Blues have made a tepid defence of their Premier League crown and are poised to finish outside the top four, leaving Antonio Conte’s future as manager up for question.
The Stamford Bridge side, who were eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona, have only the cup left as a chance of silverware this season, and their back-up goalkeeper says they have to take it.
“Every time I walk around Cobham I see a lot of pictures of the team winning trophies, so for this we have the obligation and ambition to go for it,” the veteran told his club’s official website.
“This is a very important game after what we’ve done in the other competitions this season. We have to play it as a final. We are happy because all of our supporters are going to be at Wembley, but the most important thing is to ride to the final and win another trophy.
“To finish the season playing a final and winning a trophy means we can finish well. The most important is to win again and put the name of our club on top again.”
The former Manchester City man has played understudy to Thibaut Courtois all season but has been a regular in domestic cup competitions – a situation that he is content with.
“I enjoy playing not just because it’s a cup, but because it’s a great achievement for me to be in a big team,” he said. “Playing in the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup, the Premier League, every game is very important for me. To have this kind of opportunity after long years of fighting for this, I feel blessed. I try to enjoy every game and try to do my best to help the team.”
Caballero has already been a key figure in the cup run, making a crucial save in a penalty shootout against Norwich in the third round.