Chelsea striker Demba Ba says he would rather win the FA Cup or Europa League than come fourth in the Premier League.
The Blues’ signing from Newcastle United in January transfer window scored the winner at the Stamford Bridge against Manchester United on Monday to take Chelsea a step closer to retaining the FA Cup they won last season.
However, the win over the Old Trafford club came just two days after Rafael Benitez had watched his side lose 2-1 at Southampton and drop to fourth in the league.
Ba admitted it was important to be in Europe’s top competition but insisted he valued winning trophies more than just being a participant in the competition.
He believes Chelsea must concentrate on winning either of the trophies they are in more than just getting into the top four.
“When you retire, no one remembers that you finished in the top four,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun.
“But they do remember you won a trophy, so it’s important as a player that you win a trophy. Yes, the top four is very important — but we want a trophy.
“We are looking very good in two competitions — the Europa League and the FA Cup. And we’re going to do everything to win them both.”
Chelsea are now only two points ahead of London rivals Arsenal after the defeat on the south coast and have a far more challenging run in.
The Blues may have to win one of the two trophies to appease fans if they drop out of the Champions League spots.
Their Europa League campaign continues on Thursday evening as they host Russian side Rubin Kazan in the first leg of their quart-final clash.