Return to Wembley
Aston Villa booked a return to Wembley last month as they beat Ipswich in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, and they will meet Chelsea in the Semi-Finals here at the home of English football.
It is the second time in one season David Beckham
and Villa will play at Wembley and the Blues are all that stands in the way of Villa's chance to play in a second cup final this season.
Last time they were here, the Birmingham club tasted disappointment, unluckily losing to Manchester United 1-0 in the Capital One Cup Final despite putting on a brave display that kept the Red Devils on their toes.
"We are in this game to win trophies and everyone is excited we are so close," said Beckham in the pre-match press conference build-up to the match. "To be able to go to Wembley a second time this season is brilliant.
"If we could match that achievement with an appearance in a second cup final this season and the FA Cup, I believe we can call this a successful season."
Assistant manager Ryan Giggs
also had something to say: "Chelsea are a great side but if we play well enough we can beat them," he bravely proclaims. "We've taught our lads to go out and play the right way and they will. Hopefully we will come back from this match as cup finalists and give Chelsea a good beating."
The Villans have not been performing up-to-standard in the Premier League this season and find themselves in 13th place after finishing an unexpected 8th last season, and with the end of the season nearing, Villa fans have all but given up on a better league position. However, the team have done extremely well in the cup competitions. Both the fans and Beckham will be keeping their fingers crossed for the Englishman's first managerial trophy, and also Villa's first FA Cup since 1957.