Chelsea have a big game against Manchester United on Monday night, as the Blues host United in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United have been a team in form under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as their club legend had led them on an 11-game unbeaten run which was ended by PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Chelsea defeated Manchester United to win the FA Cup final last season under Antonio Conte, and Blues boss Maurizio Sarri will be hoping for a similar result this time around.
Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta believes that the game will be tough and he’s expecting a difficult challenge from Solskjaer’s side despite having lost to PSG.
Azpilicueta said: “We know that Monday is a tough game, it’s the FA Cup and we know how big is that game, and we have to show our level and be at our best because we will need it.
“We know that at the moment we are arriving almost to the end of the season so every game is like a final and starting on Monday we need to go game by game. We know how special is the FA Cup, a game against Manchester United. We are the current champions [of that competition], so it is a massive game and we have to be ready for it.
“In the final of last year we were playing against Man United. At home, big atmosphere, big game, we have to be ready because they are in a good moment despite losing against PSG. But I hope it’s a great game and we get through.”
Chelsea have been in a terrible form of late, and the 6-0 defeat suffered against Manchester City only worsened the 4-0 defeat that was suffered against Bournemouth.
Chelsea have a couple of tough games ahead, and these games could decide Chelsea’s season, but Azpilicueta has urged his players to show strong character and get the right results.
He said: “It’s the moment that you have to show your personality. When you win it’s easier to go in the right direction, but when we suffer bad moments it is the moment to show your personality, your character. The way to stick together to fight for the club, for the fans.”