FA Cup a priority for Ancelotti

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has set his sights on a successful defence of the FA Cup following Sunday's 5-0 third-round rout of Watford.

Two goals from Daniel Sturridge and one each from Florent Malouda, Frank Lampard and own goal from John Eustace saw the west Londoners through with plenty to spare.

The Blues won the cup under Guus Hiddink last season and Ancelotti is keen to emulate the achievements of the Dutchman in his first season in charge.

"My players know very well how important the FA Cup is for this club, for this country. We want to do our best and arrive in the final," he declared.

"We won the FA Cup last year and we want to do the same. We want to put our best in this competition."

Meanwhile, Ancelotti believes Sturridge's two-goal performance will boost his confidence ahead of a period when he has to replace Africa Cup of Nations bound strike duo Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

He continued:"It was a good performance and Sturridge played very well.

"It's important for us to have him in good condition because, without Drogba, it is important to have him in good condition.

"He scored two goals and that's important for a striker. But he deserved that. He played very well for the whole match.

"This performance was very important for him. It'll improve his confidence.

"He has a lot of potential and great quality and he can show that on the pitch in January."

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