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Mar 9, 2013

Cech: Chelsea can re-launch at Utd

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United is the ideal opportunity for the Blues to re-launch their stuttering season.

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After a shock Europa League defeat against Steaua Bucharest in Romania on Thursday night, Chelsea's trophy hopes may well be on the line when they travel to Old Trafford, but Cech suggests the challenge is ready made for his team to revive their fortunes.

"We are still the holders of the FA Cup and we want to keep our trophy for as long as we can," he told Chelsea TV. "The best way for us to forget about the defeat (in Romania) is to get into another game.

"There will not be much time for us to prepare, but hopefully we'll have a good performance on Sunday. The games are coming thick and fast, but we are used to that.

"United are the favourites for the game, but it's the FA Cup and in the FA Cup not every time do the favourites win. We have big players in our dressing room who are at their best in the big games. We have to show it again."

Meanwhile, Cech is convinced Chelsea can make it a cup double in the next few days, as he is backing Rafael Benitez's men to secure a Europa League quarter-final berth with a comeback win against Steaua Bucharest next Thursday.

"We've turned a much bigger deficit than 1-0, so I think this is nothing dramatic," he added. "You just need to make sure you score goals, you don't concede. We will be at home and it will be a different story.

"We had more chances in Romania, better chances, more shots. The only moment they really were dangerous was when they had the penalty and they converted it, but we get a second chance and we have to take it."

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