Chelsea need to focus solely on the FA Cup

Critics of the FA Cup argue that the oldest competition in football is losing it’s magic and that the bigger teams don’t take seriously.

This idea is backed up by the fact that many Premier League clubs take the chance to rest players when they are involved in cup competition.

However, this year this is set to change, with Chelsea’s poor form in the top flight meaning they can’t afford to not take the competition seriously.

The Blues are currently sitting 13th in the Premier League, 19 points off the top of the table, 14 off the top four and eight off the top six.

With only 15 games remaining it is practically impossible that the champions will retain their title, with European qualification also looking out of the question.

Therefore, their only chance of glory this season is to win the FA Cup and this will bring with it the most realistic chance of continental qualification.

Thus, the Blues have to put their strongest foot forward when they come up against the MK Dons and can’t take any gambles to assure they come good on their price 3/10 of victory.

The Championship club are currently 20th in the table and are only two points clear of the dreaded drop zone.

Karl Robinson’s men have only won one league game this year and Chelsea should despatch them with ease to continue their road to Wembley.

However, the Blues still can’t afford to put out a weakened team and risk ruining their only realistic chance of success for this campaign, with taking tournaments such as this lightly proving to be their downfall in recent years.

For example, Jose Mourinho took Bradford for granted last season and the Yorkshire club dumped his side out of this very competition in the fourth round.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.