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Ancelotti wary of FA Cup history ahead of final

05-14-2010 08:48 BJT

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Portsmouth meets Chelsea at the 129th FA Cup final on Saturday. Chelsea comes into the match as the hottest of favourites at Wembley Stadium, with form and history on its side.

The Blues scored 103 league goals this season en route to winning their fourth title last Sunday. They are just one match away from achieving a first domestic "double" by winning the prestigious FA Cup. Their opponents finished rock bottom of the Premier League and are in financial freefall off-the-pitch. No relegated team has ever won the trophy. Chelsea's beaten Portsmouth thirteen of the last fourteen times they've met. It looks like a mismatch on paper, but the FA Cup is famous for its "giant killing" surprises. Carlo Ancelotti tried to warn his players against complacency on Thursday.

"I know that there were a lot of surprises here (in this season's FA Cup), a lot of teams, little teams played very important games and won. This year Leeds (United) beat (Manchester) United, Reading beat Liverpool and so for this also we have to pay attention for the next game. On paper, I think we have more quality and more possibility to win, but we have to play. If we can play well we can win. If Portsmouth play better than us, they could win." Ancelotti said.

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