St Ledger targets cup shock

Foxes defender eager to upset Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Sean St Ledger: Leicester defender keen to shock Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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Sean St Ledger insists Leicester are determined to steal the headlines by dumping Chelsea out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Foxes are the only remaining Championship side left in the competition at the quarter-final stage and are rank outsiders to see off the resurgent Blues on their own patch.

Roberto Di Matteo has overseen three successive wins since being appointed as interim manager for the remainder of the season in the wake of Andre Villas-Boas' sacking, including Wednesday night's dramatic UEFA Champions League success against Napoli.

But with the prospect of a semi-final spot at Wembley on the horizon, Leicester defender St Ledger believes Nigel Pearson's side have the confidence to cause an upset against their illustrious opponents.


"Chelsea are a very good side that is full of internationals and we expect a tough game, but why not go and beat them?" the Republic of Ireland international said.

"If we can go and get an upset we will steal the headlines for the FA Cup weekend, which is something we want to do."

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"There is a place at Wembley and a place in the FA Cup semi-final at stake. There are not many players who have the chance to play in a semi-final at Wembley. It could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"I think when you are underdogs no-one expects too much. If we get beat, everyone will say that should have been the case.

"If we can go and get an upset we will steal the headlines for the FA Cup weekend, which is something we want to do."

St Ledger believes Fernando Torres will eventually rediscover his scoring form at Chelsea, but hopes the Spaniard's misery in front of goal continues for one more match.

The £50million Spain international last found the back of the net 25 games ago when the Blues beat Belgian side Genk 5-0 in the group stages of the Champions League on 19th October.


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"Torres is a world-class player," St Ledger added. "He might not be on form right at this moment but I don't think you pay that sort of money for a bad player.

"I played against Liverpool in the FA Cup with Preston a few years ago and he came on and his movement is second to none, different class.

"When you are only watching on the TV, you probably don't see that as a fan. But as a defender you see he is always on the move and he is very difficult to mark.

"If he keeps doing the right things it can just switch a light on and kick-start his career. I am sure the goals will come, but hopefully not on Sunday.

"I just think it is maybe confidence with him, that's all it is.

"I spoke to David Nugent when he was at Portsmouth and he was low on confidence. But he has come here and it has kick-started him again. He has scored quite a lot of goals for us and I am sure when Torres gets a couple he will go from there as well."