"The FA Cup final is the cup competition in England that everyone wants to win".
The Blues partook in a full session of strength and conditioning training at Cobham headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, complete with giant Swiss balls, resistance harnesses and medicine balls.
United were, after all, the only side to beat City at the Ethiad this term, demonstrating a sense of fight and grit which belied the inferiority complex they displayed towards them too often throughout the campaign. In this instance, Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley had to try and jump and head a ball while Cesar Azpilicueta and Danny Drinkwater held them back.
Martial was not present in Old Trafford for their final game of the season on Sunday, with United reporting him injured, although many have speculated that he has fallen out with Mourinho after seeing his game time severely reduced since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.
Mourinho last won the FA Cup in 2007 when his Chelsea side beat current club Manchester United
Willian will be one of the 137 players whose names will be inscribed on the Nike ball for Saturday's final - the FA's "Ball for All" which celebrates players from level six of the football pyramid through to the Premier League who have scored in this season's competition. At the time they were Premier League champions, and therefore in a strong bargaining position. But we've showed we can bounce back the game after. If we think we can play a game like this in the final of the FA Cup then we don't have a chance.
"Playing at Wembley brings me a lot of luck", he said. Our fans deserve more than today'. "It is not every day you get to play in one of them". "The determination is there, for sure".
Taking on United also means taking on Jose Mourinho, who remains Chelsea's most successful manager with seven major trophies won across two spells in charge at Stamford Bridge, and Cahill knows exactly what to expect from his former boss. "He's got experience. He's a very successful manager and that's not by luck, it's by preparation". This game has so much at stakes for both the teams.
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