Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has fond FA Cup memories ahead of Manchester United clash

He kicked Roy Keane as a precocious teenager and, now, as a near pensioner with Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is eager to win Saturday’s FA Cup final and replace the winners’ medal he has lost.

Fabregas won the 2005 FA Cup, aged 18, with Arsenal, beating Keane’s Manchester United in a penalty shootout in the final in Cardiff.

The 31-year-old Spain playmaker hopes United will be beaten again at Wembley this weekend to give Chelsea the trophy.nfl authentic nike jerseys

“Everyone talks about the Champions League, the World Cup, the Euros, but I think if you are a bit of a romantic, the FA Cup is always very special,” Fabregas said.

“It is not easy to get into FA Cup finals. We have to value that, we have to appreciate that, go into Saturday knowing that if we win, we are winning a special trophy.”

Fabregas demonstrated his romantic side this week, marrying Daniella Semaan, the mother of his three children.237

The Blues finished fifth in the Premier League and speculation is rife Antonio Conte will leave his role as head coach, even if the Blues win the trophy on Saturday.

“We should have done better. We were not consistent enough in our performances and there is no explanation why one day we can be very good, one day after we are just not good enough,” Fabregas added.

“This is on us as players. We should have put it right when we had the chance to do it. We didn’t and we paid for it.nfl football jerseys cheap

“It is a big disappointment, I’m sure for the club as well, because they want to be and are used to being in the Champions League every year.