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Hughes eyes final spot

13 Apr 2007 - 14:10:40

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes believes the incentive of returning to European competition will inspire his players to overcome the odds in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea.

Rovers face the Premiership champions at Old Trafford knowing a place in the final could well be enough to win a return to the UEFA Cup next season.

Blackburn are unlikely to book their place in Europe through the Premiership as they currently occupy 12th place in the table so Hughes has challenged his side to reach the Wembley showpiece.

Hughes' side reached the last 32 of this season's UEFA Cup before falling to Bayer Leverkusen.

"Perhaps in the last couple of games we've had one eye on this tie," conceded Hughes. "We will be starting as underdogs and that's to be expected.

"Chelsea are an outstanding team and going well in all competitions. But that will not lessen our chances. We will go there with the right attitude and make a hell of a game of it.

"We have proved in the past we can beat the top teams like Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.

"I sense we can get the job done. We need to get to the final as it could open the door to Europe.

"It is a huge game and we've had a good season. Winning would only make it better. It only takes a second to score a goal and we have players to do that.

"Everyone acknowledges now that we are a decent football team and a team that can cause you problems."


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