Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi is relishing the FA Cup showdown with his former club Chelsea after leaving the club last season. He also believes that the FA Cup means a lot to a club like Crystal Palace and is hoping to ensure that his former club endures a trophyless season. Guehi has become an ever-present in the starting lineup for Patrick Vieira and has forced his way into the England setup.
“I thought the decision to leave Chelsea and come to Palace was the right one in order to get that game time and hopefully show what I can do,” former Chelsea defender Marc Guehi said. “Coming here didn’t mean it was going to be a given that I would play, I still had to prove myself, work hard, train hard, but it was definitely the club I thought would give me the platform to do so. Patrick’s definitely got me thinking about the game in a completely different way, both very tactically and on the ball especially because I have improved a lot in my decision-making.”
“It is really hard at this level, a step up from the Championship, so every decision you make is a vital one and can lead to an important or decisive part of the game. He has definitely helped in that aspect,” he added. “It helps calm the nerves, for sure, and [now it is] familiar surroundings. Going into such a big game, it just helps you feel a little bit more comfortable. I’m a quite calm person but playing there is such a big occasion. I just hope that come game time everyone is focused and ready to go. As players going into this competition, it’s massive and it means everything. For clubs like us to be in and around the likes of (Manchester) City, Liverpool, and Chelsea, being in the semi-final is amazing.”