Chelsea’s painful loss to Arsenal in the 2017 FA Cup final still hurts the Chelsea players and will motivate them to go one better this time around, Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas has asserted ahead of his side’s Wembley showdown with Manchester United.
“You don’t want to be on the back of losing two FA Cup finals in a row,” Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who recently tied the knot with Daniella Seamaan, admitted.
After storming to a Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s debut season, the Blues were heavy favourites to clinch a double when they took on an misfiring Arsenal side in the FA Cup final last year.
However, the Blues were sub-par at Wembley and went down 2-1 and Fabregas accepted that the West Londoners didn’t deserve to lift the title.
“Last year we didn’t play well. We have this regret in our head and we want to make it right this time for sure.”
Winger Eden Hazard has blown hot and cold this season, seemingly demotivated and reportedly on the verge of a summer move away from Stamford Bridge, but his teammate insisted the Belgian remains committed to the Chelsea cause.
“He’s a fantastic player. When he’s on his day he can be unstoppable.”
Chelsea ended their Premier League campaign on a disappointing note, losing the final game of the season 3-0 at Newcastle United to eventually finish a lowly fifth.
After failing to have lifted a single major trophy over the course of the 2017-18 season, the FA Cup is both Chelsea and United’s sole chance of lifting silverware.
“We have to make sure we give him the right service so he can work his magic and give us a good performance, because we will need that,” the 31-year-old added on the topic of Hazard.
The FA Cup final kicks off at 21.45 IST.