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Di Matteo targets cup run
07 Nov 2008 - 07:38:56
Manager Roberto Di Matteo is hoping the possibility of a giant-killing can inspire his MK Dons side to embark on an FA Cup run this season.
Di Matteo's name is already written into FA Cup folklore after winning the competition twice during his time with Chelsea and scoring the fastest goal in Final history during their 1997 success over Middlesbrough.
The Dons take on Bradford City in the first round on Saturday and the Italian coach can't wait to get his teeth into FA Cup management for the first time.
"I think it's special for everyone," he said.
For me it's nice because I've got some fond memories of this competition, but I think all the players value the FA Cup because it's the most famous cup, it has so much history behind it and people just go crazy for it.
"Smaller teams can beat the bigger teams - teams they would never be able to play against otherwise.
"It's very difficult to get the Final, it's mostly Premier League teams or even top four teams so it's an exception if a team from a lower division gets there.
"It's fantastic to be able to think you might go to the final though, just the idea should drive you."