Bradford will be out to add Chelsea to their list of big-name scalps when they travel to the formidable surroundings of Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Phil Parkinson’s men defeated Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa on their way to the 2012/13 Capital One Cup final while they also beaten Leeds earlier in the season. The club have continued to show consistent league form despite their exploits and currently sit 6th in league one.
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According to Parkinson, those big games will stand to his side and ensure that they are overawed at the prospect of facing the league leaders.
“The staff are all the same and we’ve got five or six players who are likely to play, who played in those big games and that was great experience for us,” he said.
“At the time we used that experience to great effect in the play-offs and the play-off final because we grew used to playing in big games in front of the TV cameras and in front of larger crowds.
“It helped us deal with that extra pressure. We had the experience of playing against Leeds, our local rivals, in the Capital One Cup”
Two players that will be familiar with the settings are winger Filipe Morais and midfielder Billy Knott both of whom began their careers with the Blues.
However while Bradford may be brimming with confidence they face an uphill task, even if Jose Mourinho rests some of his bigger names.
The Blues are undefeated in 32 of their last 34 matches in FA Cup and while the likes of John Terry, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois are set to be rested their replacements, notably Kurt Zouma, Loic Remy and Petr Cech are all big names in their own regard.
Andre Schurrle is also likely to start while the club have no injury worries ahead of the game.