HIDDINK ON SCUNTHORPE: "Must not stumble again."
Chelsea take on Scunthorpe in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon with thoughts of t...
Chelsea take on Scunthorpe in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon with thoughts of the nightmare against Bradford fresh in our minds from last season. It's something that Guus Hiddink has spoken of ahead of the game.
That's the beauty of the FA Cup though isn't it. Clubs such as Scunthorpe begin the competition with an eye on the third round to hopefully land a big club away to have a day out for their supporters but to also reap the financial rewards of 42,000 supporters watch the game.
Tomorrow the visitors will earn around £700,000 from the game due to FA Cup rules that dictate how the gate receipts are distributed in addition to the TV Rights for the game being aired live on BT Sport which is amazing for them and congratulations for getting this far ahead of the game (They could check out bonuses for Double Bubble fruit machine with all that).
I say that almost as if I am taking things for granted here and reading it back it's almost as if this is going to be a formality tomorrow. Based on what happened last season, Chelsea need to treat the game as important as playing in the Premier League and Champions League, to be professional and to get the job done.
Guus Hiddink was asked yesterday ahead of the game to last season and what happened when I think we can all agree, Bradford deserved to win. He responded ahead of the visit of Scunthorpe by saying:
"I didn't see (the Bradford game), but I know you must not stumble again.
I'm happy with the restart of the team. For me the next step is very important. That's why (after) a win against a very difficult team, as Crystal Palace are, you have to follow up.
In the upcoming games we have to show what we're capable of."
It seems as though the manager will take a "no mercy" approach to the game tomorrow and will be keen for his players to do the same.