ROBERTO Di Matteo says there is no danger of his players being blasé about yet another FA Cup final appearance tomorrow – insisting his players are as hungry as ever to win it again.
Tomorrow will be Chelsea's fourth FA Cup final in six seasons at the new Wembley Stadium, with the club having emerged triumphant on the previous occasions against Man United, Everton and Portsmouth.
But Chelsea's interim boss does not see that as a recipe for a complacent approach or a lack of appetite.
“What's important is they still have the ambition to want to win another FA Cup,” Di Matteo said.
“That's very important, the motivation that they have. The experience is always a good factor to have in the team also.
“This club is very ambitious and we're looking forward to being involved again tomorrow. We want to have a good game, hopefully perform very well and be able to bring a trophy home.
“I think it's great for this club to be involved in another cup final. We've got a good tradition in this competition. It's great that we have been able to bring the trophy home so many times.”
The Italian continued: “You work so hard all season for exactly these reasons – to be able to be successful at the end of it.
“We seem always to be fortunate at Wembley as well and hopefully we can continue this trend.
“[That success] comes with the group of players we have here and the quality in this team. They've been there many times before.”
Di Matteo has his own motivation. He is hoping to achieve the amazing feat of scoring in two winning FA Cup finals and then going on to manage the club to victory in the same competition.
“It would be nice to win it as a manager and a player,” he said. “I don't think you will have many chances in your life to be able to play for a club, then manage and win a trophy.
"That said, I don't think about it [the goal he scored inside a minute in the 97 final] very often, to be honest. People remind me of it, usually when the competition is on, but I've moved on."