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Cuthbert and the Blues excited for FA Cup return

Erin Cuthbert and the Blues begin our Vitality Women’s FA Cup campaign this evening as we entertain London City Lionesses at Kingsmeadow, and the Scottish midfielder says Chelsea are hungry for FA Cup success this year.

The game is being shown in the UK on the website, the 5th Stand app and on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Vitality Women’s FA Cup was paused due to the national lockdown, but the Blues are back in cup action tonight having last played in the competition back in September 2020.

Chelsea were handed a fourth-round tie with Championship outfit London City Lionesses and Cuthbert is excited for the long-awaited return.

She said: ‘We are really excited. We feel like we have some unfinished business from last year.

‘It was the title that we didn’t manage to get after we got knocked out in the quarter-finals, so we have some unfinished business and we want to get that trophy back.

‘We won it a few years ago and we want to bring it back home.’

The Blues were knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage last season, a 2-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, and Cuthbert insists Chelsea will not underestimate tonight’s opponents in a bid to ensure there is no repeat of last year’s disappointing FA Cup exit.

She added: ‘I think everyone is expecting us to go into most games and win, but we never do. We take each game as it comes, and it’s always been a process for us.

‘No team is unbeatable, and we know that. I think that game showed that no team is unbeatable, so we’ll be approaching the London City Lionesses game with that memory in our head.

‘We do not want to repeat it, we need to remember how we felt, it was a long bus journey home.

‘We want to re-live the moments we experienced at Wembley and not at Goodison Park.’

Cuthbert wants more of the incredible moments she and the Blues experienced having won the FA Cup back in 2018 following a 3-1 victory against Arsenal.

A record crowd of 45,423 spectators witnessed Chelsea secure the FA Cup for the second time in our history and Cuthbert revealed why that day will be etched in her memory forever.

She said: ‘I remember seeing the proudest parents in the world in the stands. My mum described it as one of the best days of her life so when your mum describes it as that it automatically becomes one of your best days of your life.

‘I remember seeing her beaming smile, and she had a bright blue top on that day to have her Chelsea colours because she doesn’t like wearing the kit.

‘She was proud as punch and I just think that memory sticks so much in my head.

‘The game itself was amazing and to come on and play in front of that many people, was incredible.

‘I think it’s a moment, and a day that I will never forget.’

Tonight’s game kicks-off at 7pm and is available to watch on the website, the 5th Stand app, the club’s official Facebook and our YouTube channel. (Available to UK audience only).