Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou says that Chelsea will be keeping in mind their 3-3 draw with Tottenham in the 2007 FA Cup final as the two face off in a make or break match for both teams this Saturday.
“It was the situation that makes it my favourite,” Salomon said of the goal he scored in the 86th minute, to take Chelsea to 3-3 with Tottenham after the Blues were 3-1 down at half time.
“It allowed us to play a replay and that was a trophy that we won that season.”
Chelsea went on to defeat Manchester United 1-0 in the 2007 FA Cup final, and Kalou says this will provide motivation as he takes to the Stamford Bridge pitch on Saturday to face off with Chelsea’s cross London rivals.
Tottenham currently sit at fifth on the table, and are pushing to move up to fourth and displace Manchester City, and qualify for another Champions League birth. Chelsea, meanwhile, are looking to make a last minute charge for the title as they sit second on the table and six points adrift from leaders Manchester United.
Both teams will no doubt be desperate to take three points on Saturday, and Kalou believes the goal he scored last week against Birmingham will be the key to stopping Tottenham from getting ahead.
“The goal last week is the kind of goal I know I have the ability to score, going past the defender and finishing,” Kalou said.
“That kind of goal is intuition and once you pick up the ball, you know you are going to go past the defender and it might work or it might not work, but I believe that if you do the right action then it can work.'
Kalou is aiming for a start on Saturday, and believes his recent form should give Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti the belief that he can succeed against Spurs.
“Now I have started the last three games and I have scored two goals, and hopefully I will have the opportunity to start on Saturday again and then I will try to pass my best total of goals,” Kalou said.
“I always end up the season strong at Chelsea.
“I think it is because I don't get many injuries, I am always there for training so my fitness is good and that gives me an advantage to end the season stronger.
“When you get to the end of the season, everyone is tired who has played a lot of games with a couple of injuries. For me who hasn't been playing so much and who hasn't been injured, that has given me the freshness to play.”