Bale expects tough Chelsea test

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is looking to avoid a similar fate in the FA Cup semi-final that befell his side two years ago against Chelsea this weekend.

Spurs were beaten by Portsmouth in the semi-final in 2010, and are looking to make amends agains their London rivals on Sunday. And Bale isn't expecting an easy encounter when faced with Chelsea.

"Obviously we've got difficult opposition in Chelsea," he said.

"They're a great side, have done really well in the Champions League and it won't be easy, but I think if we are on our game on the day, then we can reach the final because I feel we have the better team.

"We played very well at Stamford Bridge recently, it ended goalless but we had the better chances on the day and we probably should have won the game. That will give us plenty of confidence going into this match."

"We let ourselves down against Portsmouth two years ago," Bale added.

"We didn't play well and that was a tough defeat to take, but we've got another chance to reach the FA Cup final and we're determined not to let it slip by this time."

Striker Louis Saha, a scorer in an FA Cup final, is looking for revenge come this weekend.

The Frenchman netted after 25 seconds in the 2009 final against the Blues, but ended up on the losing side as Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard settled the contest for Sunday's opponents.

Saha says he's looking forward to bouncing back from his personal disappointment.

"I'm delighted to be back at Wembley," Saha said. "It will be a tough game but I’m confident that we have enough quality in the side to win.

"It’s the life of a footballer and a football team. You have to accept the difficult moments. The main thing is how you react. I think the belief and quality is still there and we will prove it this weekend.

"It’s a matter of showing character, how you react and showing the desire to change things around."

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