Carlo Ancelotti expects his Chelsea stars to seize the chance to make history when the Premier League champions face Portsmouth in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
Ancelotti's side will become only the seventh club to do the league and FA Cup double if they defeat relegated Pompey and the Blues boss believes the opportunity to write a unique chapter in Chelsea's history will give his players all the motivation. With the English title already in the bag, Chelsea's players will take on the League's bottom team full of confidence.
The Blues are odds-on to become the first English club since Arsenal in 2002 to do the double and Ancelotti has seen in training this week just how focused his players are on winning the Cup for the third time in four seasons.
“My players know very well how they have to play this game, how to prepare for this game, it is a great opportunity to win the double. It is the first time for this club and we can do this,” Ancelotti said.
“It was a normal week and we are focused for the next game, everyone knows how important this competition is and I am happy because the team were playing well this week. They are focused and we want to win this cup.”
Although he is confident of winning in his first FA Cup final, Ancelotti won't let his stars underestimate a Portsmouth team who have reached Wembley for the second time in three years despite the financial problems at Fratton Park.
Portsmouth boss Avram Grant has managed to foster a strong team-spirit in the face of adversity. His collection of loan signings sprang one of the shocks of the season when they beat Tottenham 2-0 in the semis and the former Blues boss would relish a chance to inflict a crushing defeat on the club who sacked him two years ago.