Florent Malouda says Chelsea are targeting a return to Wembley and FA Cup success this season after they beat Portsmouth 4-0 to make it into the fourth round of the competition.
The Blues were handed a potentially mouth-watering tie against local rivals QPR in the 4th round - if the Hoops can navigate their way safely past MK Dons in their 3rd round replay.
Chelsea’s most recent success in the FA Cup came in 2010 when a 1-0 victory over Pompey helped the Blues on their way to a domestic double that season, while Malouda was also part of the squad that lifted the trophy after defeating Everton 2-1 at the famous stadium in 2009.
Now the Frenchman says the FA Cup is one of the west London club’s ‘main’ targets for the season after seeing their title ambitions take a hit following an inconsistent run of form.
“We have a good history with the FA Cup,” he said. “Even before we won the double [in 2010] we won the FA Cup when we were out of the Champions League [in 2009], that’s always a good feeling when you have an opportunity to play a final at Wembley, so we’re thinking about that.
“That is a good objective for us, it’s one of our main targets along with the Champion League. There is still a long way to go and it was important for us to start well and to use that game to get more confidence.
“It’s very important for the squad everyone has to be involved and everyone has to believe that this can be a great season for us."
Chelsea now face the prospect of losing both Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, with the pair on international duty with the Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations for up to a month.
Malouda says he is keen to ensure Chelsea remain in both the FA Cup and the Champions League for when the pair return to Stamford Bridge.
“[They] are going to the Africa Cup of Nations,” he said. “Our mission is to be qualified [for the next round] and to do well in the Premier League so that when they come back they have a lot of important games to play in.
“I’m sure they’re following our results, they’re preparing in Abu Dhabi.”
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