Captain John Terry is hoping the FA Cup can spur Chelsea's youngsters onto greater things after their 5-0 drubbing of Watford earned them a fourth-round tie away to Preston.
Youngsters Gael Kakuta, Nemanja Matic and Daniel Sturridge, who scored twice, all got in on the action against Watford and Terry is hoping his own FA Cup experience can rub off on the youngsters.
He said: "It was such a big thing when I first came here. I was at Wembley in 1997, still a schoolboy, when Dennis Wise led the boys to the first trophy in 26 years.
"That day Jody Morris was on the bench as well and it was really important in giving us the belief we could make it here. I honestly believe there are some youngsters at Chelsea now who can make this year's FA Cup work for them in the same way."
Coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed he had spoken to Florent Malouda after the France international had voiced his frustration at being left of the side for top games.
Malouda had spoken out in France newspaper L'Equipe over the weekend but Ancelotti said: "I spoke with Malouda before the game against Birmingham (Boxing Day) and explained my position to him.
"He explained his position. For me, that was finished then and there. After that, he spoke in the French press. But there's no problem.
"It's normal that a player wants to play every game. Above all, the important games. For us, for me, Malouda is an important player."
Watford manager Malky Mackay knew the game was over in the opening 20 minutes when Chelsea raced into a 3-0 lead. But he is hoping his players can learn from the experience of competing against top-class opponents.
"We've got to learn from that," said Mackay. "There were bits of the game where we could have done better.
"They're world-class players - they're two levels above us."
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