"We can win the FA Cup and achieve Premier League targets" says Chelsea star
Fresh from scoring the winning goal in the weekend’s FA Cup Quarter Final win over Leicester City, Spanish international Pedro is still full of hope that Chelsea’s season is still alive saying that the club can “win the FA Cup and achieve Premier League targets”.
Chelsea have had a tough month, being knocked out of the Champions League by Pedro’s former club, Barcelona, and seeing their top-four hopes become a lot more distant following an indifferent spell of Premier League form.
Pedro, however, sees things differently speaking to the Evening Standard.
“It’s a very difficult situation for us, but we are still fighting for the top four and the FA Cup. We have one-two months left in the season and all the players have to give the maximum.”
There has been recent media speculation that all the uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte and his obvious rift with the board has been causing tension in the changing room. Pedro disagrees;
“There is a good atmosphere in the changing room to change this situation and to fight until the end for our targets. This is the way for us.”
The battling performance against a very strong Leicester City side can certainly give Chelsea fans hope for a more positive end to the season.
“This win gives us a good moment. It has come at a very important moment in the season and will help us go for the FA Cup and the top four. It’s a good chance for us to finish the season well.”
With Antonio Conte clearly disillusioned at the club, Chelsea have been here before – a season that is in danger of fizzling out following a Premier League title the campaign before.
Yet, with a trip to Wembley to play Southampton and a potential final against either Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United, teams that Chelsea are more than capable of beating on their day, there is every chance that Pedro and his teammates will be lifting more silverware this season. If Conte does decide to leave, he will depart having won a Premier League title and an FA Cup in just two seasons which is far from a bad return in 24 months.
But, and this is the kicker, can Chelsea really afford a second season in three without Champions League football? It is no coincidence that the purse strings have been tighter since the club failed to qualify for the elite competition following the terrible defence of their previous title. Failing to get back into the top-four this time could spell massive changes at the club and not just in the dugout.