Chelsea v Manchester City
The FA Cup with Budweiser
4pm, Sunday 14 April 2013
Winning club receives £900,000, losing club receives £450,000 from The FA's Prize Fund
Live on ITV
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Rafael Benitez is relishing the opportunity to manage a team at Wembley for the first time in his career as Chelsea face Manchester City in a glamorous FA Cup Semi-Final on Sunday.
Benitez won the trophy during his time at Liverpool, of course, guiding his former club to a dramatic victory over West Ham in 2006. But that match was played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
He said: "This will be my first at Wembley. I'm looking forward to it. It's always important to be in a big game. And it'll be even better if we win.”
Chelsea go into the match having just reached the semi-finals of the Europa League, too, so Benitez believes his players are in good spirits.
Reflecting on his time at the club so far and how it should be judged, he added: "In terms of being in two semi-finals, and still in the top three, we're really pleased.
"It's a young squad, with new players coming into the Premier League. We still need more experience, but that's getting better. We will see what happens at the end of the season, but top three, another semi-final. Not bad."
Chelsea travelled all the way to Moscow for a tie against Rubin Kazan and have a frenetic end to the season but Benitez believes they are coping comfortably.
He explained: “The players are doing really well. I was praising them yesterday and today could see in Moscow Paulo Ferreira had to play at left-back, and he'd not played for a while. [Nathan] Ake is a young player. [Victor] Moses and Yossi Benayoun were working hard. They did really well."
Chelsea will have Demba Ba back from injury on Sunday and Ryan Bertrand back from illness. And Benitez is relishing the atmosphere awaiting them.
"It's a big match and a big trophy and we want to win.
"City are a good team; they are in a good position in the table and did well against United last week.
"But a Semi-Final, a massive competition and we'll try to do our best. We know what we did wrong when we played them last time in the league and we can put it right.
"So we know City are a very good team, with a manager with experience. They have a lot of good things. They have confidence at the moment and we know we have to do our best to go through.
"We are doing well at the moment and I'm really pleased with my squad."
You can read more from Benitez in the official FA Cup Semi-Final match programme, which is available to buy online, or download via Apple Newsstand