THIS YEAR'S FA Cup final will be a huge anti-climax for Chelsea if they don't go into the game as the new Premier League champions, according to Paulo Ferreira.
The Blues defender was as delighted as his team-mates about last week's semi-final victory over Aston Villa and the prospect of a the club's third final in four seasons.
But whereas the Wembley wins of 2007 and 2009 provided tangible consolation after the title had eluded them, it won't feel enough this year, he says.
“I think it would be an anti-climax in a way, because we are three years now without winning the league and of course we are not happy,” Ferreira said.
“A club like Chelsea should always try to win the league first and we want to do it this year. The last three years, Manchester United were better than us, but this season we have three games to win and it is in our hands.
“We don't want to think about going into the final game of the season at Wembley not being champions again. It happened before and we don't want that again because it's important to win titles – even if cups are also important.”
Ferreira, enjoying a rare spell of games at right-back in the absence of the injured Branislav Ivanovic, added: “It's hard to win everything, but it was particularly disappointing not to win the Champions League this year.
“I am in my sixth year here and I was almost there, but I've never won it with Chelsea and for the players, it's a big disappointment because we know we have a wonderful squad with top players and it's a special cup.
“That will make us try even harder to make sure we go to the FA Cup final as champions.”