Chelsea appeal to FA to bring forward Cup semi-final

Chelsea are considering lobbying the Football Association to bring forward their FA Cup semi-final, if they progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League, The Guardian reports.

The Blues face Benfica tonight in the Estadio da Luz and interim Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo has already expressed concerns over the congested fixture schedule involving the club. Benfica and Napoli, Chelsea’s previous round opponents, were permitted by their domestic federations to play their league games on the Friday night before Tuesday’s Champions League ties.

Di Matteo has spoken about the help the FA would need to grant them if they reach the semi-final, which would be scheduled for the 18th April. Chelsea are set to face either Bolton or Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday 15th April and the option of playing the semi-final on the Friday night would serve better if Tottenham progressed. The Italian has expressed concerns within his squad over the frantic fixture schedule, but is concentrated on tonight’s game with the Portuguese side firstly.

“We need the support from the FA because it doesn’t help English teams in the Champions League, Benfica played on Friday night, so did Napoli. Their leagues try to give them a lot of help and the best possible advantage. We are engaged on this matter, but, ultimately, someone has to make the decision. But let’s get through this tie first”, Di Matteo said.

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