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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 27, 2006

Benched Cudicini looking for FA Cup boost

Carlo Cudicini is ready to give his all for the team should he get the chance to keep Chelsea's FA Cup dream alive at Everton on Saturday.

The Italian is likely to be given a run-out against the Toffees as the Premiership champions look to continue their dominance of the domestic game by making it all the way to Wembley next year.

Cudicini recently extended his contract to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2009, and is viewed by manager Jose Mourinho as an integral member of the squad, keen to have plenty of healthy competition for current number one Petr Cech.

The 32-year-old played in the 2-1 victory over Huddersfield in the last round, and is keeping himself focussed should he be called upon again.

'It was very important for me because it means that the club still trusted me,' said Cudicini on signing his new deal.

'I have to thank the club for all the belief they have in me.

'Of course I would like to play more, but at the same time Chelsea are probably the only club in the whole world who are doing this with two goalkeepers.

'That means the manager and all the staff have got trust in me, and this has given me the power to keep training every day with a lot of concentration and will to be ready when I have to play.'

Cudicini told Chelsea TV: 'I am working hard and of course I am here when the team needs me.'

Mourinho must do without suspended defender Ricardo Carvalho following his sending off in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Charlton.

Winger Arjen Robben is available again after picking up a second caution at Sunderland earlier this month, just moments after scoring what proved to be the decisive goal at the Stadium of Light.

'I was very disappointed, and had to sit out for one match,' the Dutchman reflected.

'It was all very disappointing and, I think, also quite ridiculous.

'When I came back from the crowd I was very excited - I had scored a goal, which at the end of the game was the winner.

'I was very happy, it was a difficult game and I think I did nothing wrong, I was just excited and when I came back the referee was in front of me, I saw him reaching fro his pocket and showing me a yellow.

'You can see it on my face I was surprised and could not believe it.'

Robben added: 'I was very angry with it, but you have to accept it.

'If those are the rules, then they have to make them much more clear because I did not understand this rule.'


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