BEGOVIC DESPERATE TO START AGAINST TOTTENHAM IN FA CUP SEMI-FINAL CLASH

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is hoping to start in the FA Cup semi-final clash against Tottenham on Saturday.

Begovic has missed out playing a FA Cup game at Wembley in three different seasons.

He wasn’t named in the squad when Portsmouth lifted the trophy in 2008.

Two years later Portsmouth reached the FA Cup finals again, but lost to Chelsea and Begovic had been sold to Stoke City three months earlier.

Stoke City made it to the final in 2011 but then manager Tony Pulis kept his promise to use second-choice goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen for the semi-final win against Bolton as well as the defeat to Manchester City in the final.

Begovic is hoping he would be fourth time lucky this year.

“It would be nice to make it fourth time lucky this year,” Begovic told Standard Sport.

“I had no complaints in 2008 because I was very young and was just happy to be in and around the squad.

“I’d left for Stoke the year Portsmouth got to a second final and then at Stoke, it was a time of squad rotation.

“I was playing in the league games and Sorensen was playing the Cup games.

“Fair play to him, I had no arguments there. It’s just the way it went.

“Thomas was a great keeper, did his bit for the team and the club. It’s what the manager decided so hopefully this time around it will be my turn.”

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