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Spaniard reveals FA Cup feelings

Torres relishing the semis

By | 13th April 2012

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is one player who is certainly not buying into suggestions that a Champions League clash with Barcelona next week belittles the significance of Sunday’s FA Cup meeting with Tottenham, arguing that the competition is very close to the Premier League in significance.

In an interview with Chelsea’s official website, Torres has offered a thorough perspective on his observations of the English cup competitions since arriving in the country nearly half a decade ago.

The player has not only revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing two consecutive FA Cup matches at Wembley, but has also expressed a belief that England’s oldest cup competition is superior to La Liga’s Copa Del Rey.

“In Spain, the domestic cup is not as important as the FA Cup is to English teams, it’s more of a minor competition. It’s nice to see in England that the tradition is still there and the FA Cup is very close to the league in terms of significance,” Torres told

In the pursuit of his first trophy as a Blues player, the Spaniard added: “All the fans are very excited, the players want to play in the final and it’s nice to see the importance which is given to the competition in this country. The Carling Cup is a little bit further behind, but it would be fantastic to add the FA Cup to your record.”

While some have argued that playing out the semifinals at Wembley somewhat reduces the significance of the stadium’s value as the final host, Torres has asserted that big matches such as semifinals deserve to be played out at top neutral venues.

Tomorrow’s Merseyside derby will precede Sunday’s London derby so it appears that there is little that one can doubt about the stance that Torres has taken.

“It gives you an idea of how big the semi-finals are, I think it’s going to be massive, a game with great intensity against a great team. If the semi-final is that big, obviously the final is even bigger,” the 28-year old explained.

“It will be great for the Chelsea fans and players, we have players here who have played at Wembley loads of times, but for some of us it’s the first time and so it will be more special for us,” he concluded.

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  1. Amalia Emmanuel says:

    Chealsea are the giants in England.

  2. Felix says:

    Up blues we are going to win by the grace of god

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