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Chelsea won’t make it to the Champions League next season after ending the season as 5th. But there’s hope for a title as we have an FA Cup date with Manchester United billed for May 19.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has told the players to forget about the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle last weekend and bring their ‘A Game’ for this weekend’s FA Cup final.

He told the official Chelsea website: “If however we can turn things around in time for the weekend then suddenly the Newcastle game will mean nothing. Antonio among other comments said, ‘We just have to forget about that defeat,’ which is a very unusual thing to say but he is definitely right. To dwell on that performance would be a huge negative before playing in what should be a fabulous opportunity for glory and redemption at the end of the season.

“FA Cup finals are magical and shouldn’t be played under a cloud either literally or metaphorically. It should be a showcase day when you give everything, you bring your ‘A game’ and you walk off the Wembley pitch with fabulous memories and with any luck a winner’s medal. You could also walk off that field as a Chelsea legend and that is well worth fighting for. I know the pain of losing an FA Cup final and it lives with you, even if it was a classic that ended 3-2 after extra-time against (you guessed it) Liverpool in my time at Everton.”

He then added: “If every Chelsea player feels the same about their own efforts come Saturday night, then I have great hopes that we will win and even if we do not, all of us Chelsea fans will still be proud of them. It would also be great for Antonio to be able to say that in two seasons he has won both the league and the FA Cup. In times gone by that would definitely have had him marked down as a legendary manager in this club’s history.”

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