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Chelsea to seek revenge and end Shearer’s FA Cup dream

Jose Mourinho

By John Skilbeck
JOSE MOURINHO has the chance to make up for one of the few disappointments in his short Chelsea career after his side were drawn at home to Newcastle in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Last season saw Mourinho gamble with his team selection in the fifth round at St James’ Park, and an early goal from Patrick Kluivert gave Newcastle a shock victory, ending Chelsea’s domestic treble dream.

This time the focus may fall more on Alan Shearer than on Mourinho and Chelsea, however, with the former England captain longing to guide his club to a major trophy before he retires at the end of the season.

The FA Cup final could be Shearer’s last match, but Chelsea will have to be overcome first, and Newcastle have experienced torrid results in London, taking just three points from a possible 12 so far this season and losing 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in November.

Magpies midfielder Scott Parker joined from Chelsea over the summer, and he is determined to cause an upset.

"There’s no doubt it is a tough draw, and it is obviously the toughest draw we could have asked for," Parker said.

"Chelsea are a quality side, they have strength in depth all over the pitch and it will be a massive test for us."

Chelsea appear shoo-ins for the Premiership and are also firm favourites for the cup, despite making hard work of beating Colchester.

Newcastle battled past Southampton to inch closer to a first major trophy since the 1969 Fairs Cup. The last of their six FA Cup triumphs came in 1955, while Chelsea have won the cup three times, most recently in 2000.

Liverpool, who are also six-time winners of the FA Cup, will go to Birmingham, and Reds boss Rafael Benitez is optimistic about his team’s chances.

Benitez’s team have not beaten Birmingham since the Spaniard arrived at Anfield in 2004, but Steve Bruce’s men are currently battling relegation in the Barclays Premiership.

"Maybe Birmingham will be more concerned about their league position and this might not be as important to them as staying in the division," said Benitez. "I feel I’ve got a big enough squad to cope with playing in three competitions and all I can say is that I’d have rather been drawn at home."

Charlton will take on Middlesbrough at The Valley, a draw which met with Addicks boss Alan Curbishley’s approval.

"This is the stage when everybody is in the mixer so a home draw is all you can ask for," said Curbishley.

"We have to play Middlesbrough in the league a week before so we will know a bit about each other by the time we meet in the cup."

The remaining tie sees either Aston Villa or Manchester City having home advantage, with their opponents being Bolton or West Ham.

Ahead of Villa’s replay against City, defender Gareth Barry said: "It is going to be tough but we are still in the hat and then have the incentive of a home tie again against Bolton or West Ham if we get through."

The ties are to be played midweek between March 20 and March 23 due to the shortened season ahead of the World Cup.

 

Chelsea to seek revenge and end Shearer’s FA Cup dream

Jose Mourinho

By John Skilbeck
JOSE MOURINHO has the chance to make up for one of the few disappointments in his short Chelsea career after his side were drawn at home to Newcastle in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Last season saw Mourinho gamble with his team selection in the fifth round at St James’ Park, and an early goal from Patrick Kluivert gave Newcastle a shock victory, ending Chelsea’s domestic treble dream.

This time the focus may fall more on Alan Shearer than on Mourinho and Chelsea, however, with the former England captain longing to guide his club to a major trophy before he retires at the end of the season.

The FA Cup final could be Shearer’s last match, but Chelsea will have to be overcome first, and Newcastle have experienced torrid results in London, taking just three points from a possible 12 so far this season and losing 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in November.

Magpies midfielder Scott Parker joined from Chelsea over the summer, and he is determined to cause an upset.

"There’s no doubt it is a tough draw, and it is obviously the toughest draw we could have asked for," Parker said.

"Chelsea are a quality side, they have strength in depth all over the pitch and it will be a massive test for us."

Chelsea appear shoo-ins for the Premiership and are also firm favourites for the cup, despite making hard work of beating Colchester.

Newcastle battled past Southampton to inch closer to a first major trophy since the 1969 Fairs Cup. The last of their six FA Cup triumphs came in 1955, while Chelsea have won the cup three times, most recently in 2000.

Liverpool, who are also six-time winners of the FA Cup, will go to Birmingham, and Reds boss Rafael Benitez is optimistic about his team’s chances.

Benitez’s team have not beaten Birmingham since the Spaniard arrived at Anfield in 2004, but Steve Bruce’s men are currently battling relegation in the Barclays Premiership.

"Maybe Birmingham will be more concerned about their league position and this might not be as important to them as staying in the division," said Benitez. "I feel I’ve got a big enough squad to cope with playing in three competitions and all I can say is that I’d have rather been drawn at home."

Charlton will take on Middlesbrough at The Valley, a draw which met with Addicks boss Alan Curbishley’s approval.

"This is the stage when everybody is in the mixer so a home draw is all you can ask for," said Curbishley.

"We have to play Middlesbrough in the league a week before so we will know a bit about each other by the time we meet in the cup."

The remaining tie sees either Aston Villa or Manchester City having home advantage, with their opponents being Bolton or West Ham.

Ahead of Villa’s replay against City, defender Gareth Barry said: "It is going to be tough but we are still in the hat and then have the incentive of a home tie again against Bolton or West Ham if we get through."

The ties are to be played midweek between March 20 and March 23 due to the shortened season ahead of the World Cup.

 

Chelsea to seek revenge and end Shearer’s FA Cup dream

Jose Mourinho

By John Skilbeck
JOSE MOURINHO has the chance to make up for one of the few disappointments in his short Chelsea career after his side were drawn at home to Newcastle in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Last season saw Mourinho gamble with his team selection in the fifth round at St James’ Park, and an early goal from Patrick Kluivert gave Newcastle a shock victory, ending Chelsea’s domestic treble dream.

This time the focus may fall more on Alan Shearer than on Mourinho and Chelsea, however, with the former England captain longing to guide his club to a major trophy before he retires at the end of the season.

The FA Cup final could be Shearer’s last match, but Chelsea will have to be overcome first, and Newcastle have experienced torrid results in London, taking just three points from a possible 12 so far this season and losing 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in November.

Magpies midfielder Scott Parker joined from Chelsea over the summer, and he is determined to cause an upset.

"There’s no doubt it is a tough draw, and it is obviously the toughest draw we could have asked for," Parker said.

"Chelsea are a quality side, they have strength in depth all over the pitch and it will be a massive test for us."

Chelsea appear shoo-ins for the Premiership and are also firm favourites for the cup, despite making hard work of beating Colchester.

Newcastle battled past Southampton to inch closer to a first major trophy since the 1969 Fairs Cup. The last of their six FA Cup triumphs came in 1955, while Chelsea have won the cup three times, most recently in 2000.

Liverpool, who are also six-time winners of the FA Cup, will go to Birmingham, and Reds boss Rafael Benitez is optimistic about his team’s chances.

Benitez’s team have not beaten Birmingham since the Spaniard arrived at Anfield in 2004, but Steve Bruce’s men are currently battling relegation in the Barclays Premiership.

"Maybe Birmingham will be more concerned about their league position and this might not be as important to them as staying in the division," said Benitez. "I feel I’ve got a big enough squad to cope with playing in three competitions and all I can say is that I’d have rather been drawn at home."

Charlton will take on Middlesbrough at The Valley, a draw which met with Addicks boss Alan Curbishley’s approval.

"This is the stage when everybody is in the mixer so a home draw is all you can ask for," said Curbishley.

"We have to play Middlesbrough in the league a week before so we will know a bit about each other by the time we meet in the cup."

The remaining tie sees either Aston Villa or Manchester City having home advantage, with their opponents being Bolton or West Ham.

Ahead of Villa’s replay against City, defender Gareth Barry said: "It is going to be tough but we are still in the hat and then have the incentive of a home tie again against Bolton or West Ham if we get through."

The ties are to be played midweek between March 20 and March 23 due to the shortened season ahead of the World Cup.

 

Chelsea to seek revenge and end Shearer’s FA Cup dream

Jose Mourinho

By John Skilbeck
JOSE MOURINHO has the chance to make up for one of the few disappointments in his short Chelsea career after his side were drawn at home to Newcastle in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Last season saw Mourinho gamble with his team selection in the fifth round at St James’ Park, and an early goal from Patrick Kluivert gave Newcastle a shock victory, ending Chelsea’s domestic treble dream.

This time the focus may fall more on Alan Shearer than on Mourinho and Chelsea, however, with the former England captain longing to guide his club to a major trophy before he retires at the end of the season.

The FA Cup final could be Shearer’s last match, but Chelsea will have to be overcome first, and Newcastle have experienced torrid results in London, taking just three points from a possible 12 so far this season and losing 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in November.

Magpies midfielder Scott Parker joined from Chelsea over the summer, and he is determined to cause an upset.

"There’s no doubt it is a tough draw, and it is obviously the toughest draw we could have asked for," Parker said.

"Chelsea are a quality side, they have strength in depth all over the pitch and it will be a massive test for us."

Chelsea appear shoo-ins for the Premiership and are also firm favourites for the cup, despite making hard work of beating Colchester.

Newcastle battled past Southampton to inch closer to a first major trophy since the 1969 Fairs Cup. The last of their six FA Cup triumphs came in 1955, while Chelsea have won the cup three times, most recently in 2000.

Liverpool, who are also six-time winners of the FA Cup, will go to Birmingham, and Reds boss Rafael Benitez is optimistic about his team’s chances.

Benitez’s team have not beaten Birmingham since the Spaniard arrived at Anfield in 2004, but Steve Bruce’s men are currently battling relegation in the Barclays Premiership.

"Maybe Birmingham will be more concerned about their league position and this might not be as important to them as staying in the division," said Benitez. "I feel I’ve got a big enough squad to cope with playing in three competitions and all I can say is that I’d have rather been drawn at home."

Charlton will take on Middlesbrough at The Valley, a draw which met with Addicks boss Alan Curbishley’s approval.

"This is the stage when everybody is in the mixer so a home draw is all you can ask for," said Curbishley.

"We have to play Middlesbrough in the league a week before so we will know a bit about each other by the time we meet in the cup."

The remaining tie sees either Aston Villa or Manchester City having home advantage, with their opponents being Bolton or West Ham.

Ahead of Villa’s replay against City, defender Gareth Barry said: "It is going to be tough but we are still in the hat and then have the incentive of a home tie again against Bolton or West Ham if we get through."

The ties are to be played midweek between March 20 and March 23 due to the shortened season ahead of the World Cup.

 

Chelsea to seek revenge and end Shearer’s FA Cup dream

Jose Mourinho

By John Skilbeck
JOSE MOURINHO has the chance to make up for one of the few disappointments in his short Chelsea career after his side were drawn at home to Newcastle in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Last season saw Mourinho gamble with his team selection in the fifth round at St James’ Park, and an early goal from Patrick Kluivert gave Newcastle a shock victory, ending Chelsea’s domestic treble dream.

This time the focus may fall more on Alan Shearer than on Mourinho and Chelsea, however, with the former England captain longing to guide his club to a major trophy before he retires at the end of the season.

The FA Cup final could be Shearer’s last match, but Chelsea will have to be overcome first, and Newcastle have experienced torrid results in London, taking just three points from a possible 12 so far this season and losing 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in November.

Magpies midfielder Scott Parker joined from Chelsea over the summer, and he is determined to cause an upset.

"There’s no doubt it is a tough draw, and it is obviously the toughest draw we could have asked for," Parker said.

"Chelsea are a quality side, they have strength in depth all over the pitch and it will be a massive test for us."

Chelsea appear shoo-ins for the Premiership and are also firm favourites for the cup, despite making hard work of beating Colchester.

Newcastle battled past Southampton to inch closer to a first major trophy since the 1969 Fairs Cup. The last of their six FA Cup triumphs came in 1955, while Chelsea have won the cup three times, most recently in 2000.

Liverpool, who are also six-time winners of the FA Cup, will go to Birmingham, and Reds boss Rafael Benitez is optimistic about his team’s chances.

Benitez’s team have not beaten Birmingham since the Spaniard arrived at Anfield in 2004, but Steve Bruce’s men are currently battling relegation in the Barclays Premiership.

"Maybe Birmingham will be more concerned about their league position and this might not be as important to them as staying in the division," said Benitez. "I feel I’ve got a big enough squad to cope with playing in three competitions and all I can say is that I’d have rather been drawn at home."

Charlton will take on Middlesbrough at The Valley, a draw which met with Addicks boss Alan Curbishley’s approval.

"This is the stage when everybody is in the mixer so a home draw is all you can ask for," said Curbishley.

"We have to play Middlesbrough in the league a week before so we will know a bit about each other by the time we meet in the cup."

The remaining tie sees either Aston Villa or Manchester City having home advantage, with their opponents being Bolton or West Ham.

Ahead of Villa’s replay against City, defender Gareth Barry said: "It is going to be tough but we are still in the hat and then have the incentive of a home tie again against Bolton or West Ham if we get through."

The ties are to be played midweek between March 20 and March 23 due to the shortened season ahead of the World Cup.