London: Thibaut Courtois believes Chelsea will take the next step towards a memorable quadruple trophy haul when they face Bradford in the FA Cup fourth round today.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Jose Mourinho’s side moved closer to the League Cup final with a 1-1 semi-final first leg draw at Liverpool in midweek and the Premier League leaders are also through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
With what should be a fairly undemanding FA Cup tie against third tier Bradford at Stamford Bridge this weekend, Blues goalkeeper Courtois insists the squad are focused on winning every game as they continue their mission to land all four major trophies.
“At the moment we are playing well in all of the competitions,” he said. “We’re in the semi-final of the League Cup, we’re top of the league, on Saturday we have an important game in the FA Cup, which we have to win, and in the Champions League we will soon be playing Paris Saint-Germain.
“I think we have the team to win everything but obviously there are other teams which can do the same.”
Courtois returned to action in Tuesday’s clash at Anfield following a thumb injury and produced a superb display to frustrate Liverpool.
Bradford, sixth in League One, are 49 places below Chelsea but the Yorkshire club know what it takes to upset top-flight clubs in knockout competitions.
Bradford manager Phil Parkinson’s side beat Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa on their way to the 2013 League Cup final. And Parkinson wants his team to be positive at Stamford Bridge.
“We’re certainly not going to go there and sit back for the whole game,” Parkinson said. “If we do that, we’re just asking for trouble. It’s getting that balance right in our team and getting a decent platform to play from. We have to make sure we’ve got the opportunity to attack them. We’ve got players in our team who I hope will cause Chelsea problems. When we’ve played teams from higher divisions before, we’ve certainly caused them problems.”