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By ESPN Staff
Nov 7, 2006

We care about the Carling Cup - Geremi

Chelsea defender Geremi insists Jose Mourinho's side will be taking the Carling Cup seriously as they prepare for the visit of Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge.

Villa stole a point in their last meeting at the same venue in the Premiership just over a month ago.

But, with 10 other Premiership clubs left in the competition, Geremi accepts going all the way and winning it will not be easy.

'The good thing is to create opportunities. You cannot score without creating opportunities,' said Geremi.

'The day that we are going to take the chances to score will be good for us and our luck will come.

'You can see in the league table that this year, Aston Villa are doing well.

'They have got a new manager who is working well and we respect them. It is one game and a knockout straight away so we have to go there just thinking to qualify.

'When you see that there are 10 Premiership teams still there in the competition, it is not possible to get in the final easily. So you take it seriously.'

The match could also see Villa striker Chris Sutton's first appearance against Chelsea since his unsuccessful year spent there in the 1999/00 season.

However, the 33-year-old, who rejoined his former Celtic boss last month having been without a club, may be rested following his first start at the weekend.

Milan Baros will take Sutton's place if the decision is taken to leave him out.

Meanwhile Mourinho hopes Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko will be fit to face Villa.

Shevchenko has been sidelined for the last three matches with a leg muscle problem but Mourinho said: 'I hope he can play Wednesday.

'He trained on Saturday with the team for the first time with no limitation. Now we think if everything goes in the right direction, we think he can play against Villa.'

Mourinho was disappointed with the fact his team failed to take all three points in their league meeting earlier in the season, especially as Chelsea were on top for long periods.

He said: 'When you play so well like we did and produce a game of high quality with so many chances to win the game, the frustration comes because we didn't deserve to lose the points.

'Fifteen chances to score with such good quality football, and only one goal, maybe we deserved to be punished. In terms of the quality, it was our best game this season.'