Q&A with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of the FA Cup Final with Liverpool

Friday 13 May 2022
Chelsea last lifted the Emirates FA Cup in 2018

Cesar Azpilicueta believes Chelsea’s special relationship with the Emirates FA Cup continues to live on and the Blues captain is determined to make up for lost time in Saturday’s trophy decider against Liverpool after back-to-back Final defeats.

Chelsea have lost the previous two Emirates FA Cup Finals to Arsenal and Leicester City respectively but have the chance to lift their FA Cup for the ninth time on Saturday evening (kick-off 4.45pm BST), with only Arsenal (14) and Manchester United (12) claiming the trophy more.

Azpilicueta was speaking as part of a Q&A for the official Emirates FA Cup Final match programme and you can read a section below.

It’s almost ten years since you joined Chelsea, and today you have the chance to lift more silverware as captain, your tenth trophy overall...
I feel really proud to be part of Chelsea. I joined in 2012 and just tried to be part of the club, to create my own history and, of course, the DNA from Chelsea is always to win trophies. Again, we have the chance to win an FA Cup Final. We know how difficult it is to be here and we want to win.

Chelsea seem to have a special relationship with the FA Cup...
Chelsea have a great history with the competition. Since I’ve arrived, it’s always been that the FA Cup is a special trophy for everybody. Every time at the start of the season, we want to get as far as possible. When you reach a final you want to win and that’s what we will prepare for.

What is it about the club that’s allowed you to have such sustained success?
I could say the mentality within the club. I think when you walk into the club, in the building, you feel the atmosphere of winning in every training session, in every game, every competition. I never felt any difference between competitions or between games. We just try to do our job week-in, week-out. Every game is the most important one because it’s the one you have in front of you and you want to win it. Then, of course, when you get into the next round you get closer to the final steps, to the last rounds, and you can have the opportunity to win trophies.

Chelsea have lost in both of the last two FA Cup Finals, how frustrating has that been for everyone involved, and does that come into the team’s thinking?
It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing because when you get into the Final you want to win, and losing two years in a row was hard to take, but that’s how football works. This year we have an opportunity, that’s what we are all thinking of. What was in the past is in the past. Of course, we would like to win it but it didn’t go this way. Now football gives us another opportunity and we want to take it.

People talk about the magic of the FA Cup, is that something you’ve felt?
Since I arrived, I saw that the competition is special for the country and for our club and when you reach an FA Cup Final you can feel it. To be part of it is a special moment and we want to make our fans proud.

You can read Azpilicueta’s Q&A in full, along with many other great features on Chelsea, in the official Emirates FA Cup Final match programme.

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By FA Staff