Chelsea v Leicester City
FA Cup quarter-final
Sunday 18 March 2012; 14:05
Defensive duo John Terry and David Luiz should be available for Chelsea’s F.A Cup quarter final clash against Leicester City on Sunday.
Both picked up knocks in Wednesday’s exhausting encounter against Napoli, however interim boss Roberto di Matteo has declared that both are available for selection on Sunday.
For Leicester, Paul Konchesky will be available, Lee Peltier is also fit to play but Danny Drinkwater, Liam Moore and Conrad Logan are all cup-tied.
Di Matteo issues Chelsea rallying cry
Roberto di Matteo has called on his Chelsea squad not to underestimate the threat Leicester pose as the go in search of an F.A Cup semi-final place when they go up against Leicester on Sunday.
Chelsea managed to make it through to the quarter-finals after coming through a replay with Birmingham City in the fourth round of the competition.
The 1-1 draw with Birmingham at Stamford Bridge which forced a replay proved to be one of Andre Villas-Boas’ last games in charge as the former Porto boss was shown the door following a string of poor results.
Now with Di Matteo in charge the Blues have recorded three consecutive wins and set up a Champions League quarter-final showdown against Benfica, and the Italian believes his side must build upon that achievement by setting up a semi-final date at Wembley, but warned they mustn’t be complacent.
“It's very difficult,” Di Matteo told Chelseafc.com. “This morning we got the players back to focus on Leicester in the FA Cup, we have seen how difficult it has proven so far in the FA Cup, with Birmingham we had a replay and we have to be aware we have to perform again at a very high level to go through,'
"The FA Cup is exciting because you have to expect the unexpected.
"It's one of the most exciting competitions in the world because everybody watches it around the world.
“It's exciting because it moves the whole country, everybody feels connected to it and it has thrown up some great games in the past.
“This club has a great history in the competition and I remember we played Leicester when I was playing, we had a replay and it was very difficult."
Chelsea face a crucial run of games beginning with the tie against Leicester which comes before a trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City and showdown at Stamford Bridge against top four rivals Tottenham.