Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says his side will go all out to bring this year’s FA Cup back to Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese takes his Blues side to face QPR at Loftus Road tomorrow at midday and assured fans he would try to win a trophy he considers to have great prestige.
“The FA Cup is one of the most prestigious trophies, the second most important domestic trophy in England and the one with the biggest tradition,” he told reporters at a press conference ahead of the game.
“We have a will to go as far as we can and try to win the trophy.”
The match should be a noisy affair since this was the fixture where John Terry was alleged to have used racist language towards Hoops defender Anton Ferdinand.
There is set to be intense media speculation surrounding the match and the Chelsea chief wants everybody to be aware of their responsibilities going into the game.
Villas-Boas acknowledged that the issues currently between the sides could make for a more volatile atmosphere, but expressed his wish for the game to be played out in a normal manner.
“Loftus Road is an environment of great passion and great ambition and I just want it to be a traditional football game,” he added.
“There is responsibility in every game for the players and they know what they have to do. There is extra responsibility for everybody, not just the players but the media as well.
“The environment was outstanding the last time we played at QPR and I expect it to be the same.”
Due to the upcoming hearing for Terry in relation to the incident involving himself and Ferdinand, there has been much speculation over whether the two will shake hands and Villas-Boas hopes they do.
“The game is based on good values more than anything else and these two players should continue to promote those values as long as they can,” he concluded.