Chelsea skipper John Terry says team will bounce back after 3-5 defeat to Southampton against Watford in FA Cup tonight
London: John Terry expects Chelsea to recover from their New Year's day mauling at Tottenham when Watford visit Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
Tough luck: Chelsea captain John Terry thanks supporters after his team's 3-5 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in an EPL match at White Hart Lane in London on Thursday. Pic/AFP
The 5-3 loss at White Hart Lane was as painful as it was unexpected and the visit of a side battling to get out of the Championship should provide an opportunity for Jose Mourinho's shell-shocked players to recover their confidence.
It will be a major surprise if the Premier League leaders stumble against a team led by former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic, the fourth manager to take charge of the Hornets this season.
Chelsea haven't needed to rely too much on luck in the FA Cup in recent seasons, but if Mourinho's side are looking for omens, the pairing with Watford should provide a lift.
Chelsea have won the trophy four times in the last eight years, the — 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2012, twice facing Watford on the road to success during the first two of those campaigns.
Chelsea captain Terry is confident of a morale-boosting win on Sunday. He said: "We're very disappointed to start the New Year with a defeat but we'll move on from this. It's hard to see them (Man City) claw us back. We were eight points in front and now we're level on points.
It's disappointing to have lost that lead, but we said in the dressing room we'll come together, put a run together and hopefully get a lead again."
Nothing to lose: Watford
Promotion to the Premier League is a priority for Watford but an impressive display at Stamford Bridge will boost confidence too.
Watford midfielder Daniel Tozser said: "We have nothing to be afraid of, nothing to lose (against Chelsea). This is a game we have to enjoy and see where we are at the moment. We must not be afraid."