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Leeds United: We’ll give Chelsea a run for their money - Ormsby

SPOT ON: Luciano Becchio celebrates after converting a late penalty against Southampton.

SPOT ON: Luciano Becchio celebrates after converting a late penalty against Southampton.

Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan. We have got another fantastic home draw against Chelsea. If we get past them, surely we have got a great chance of getting to the final? MOT.

Paul Dyson, Leeds

Of course, we have! It is a great tie with the history between the clubs and another money-spinner for us, while there’s also the factor of Ken Bates’ involvement with both clubs as chairman. There will be a hell of an interest in the game.

If we get through, we are one tie away from Wembley, so why not?

I do think it will be a question of what team Chelsea put out. It will be interesting as Southampton came here with their reserve side and thought they could beat us and were wrong and we deserved the win.

I know the Southampton manager wanted the tie played 24 hours later. But would he have played his first team if it had been played then? Who knows. Their squad should still be better than we have got, whatever.

I think Roberto Di Matteo wants to win trophies, so I am sure Chelsea will take the quarter-final seriously and want another on his CV.

No doubt he will use some of his squad, but you can only beat what is in front of you and that is what Leeds have done so far.

Neil will put his full first team out and go for it, as you have to at this stage of the competition and I feel we have got a chance. Obviously, if they put out their first-choice side, it will be really difficult. But I don’t think Di Matteo will with it being near the busy Christmas programme. It will be different to their weekend team.

But Di Matteo will know about the massive rivalry between the two clubs and sets of supporters, which goes back to the 1970 FA Cup final at Wembley. I think that is why many supporters don’t like the chairman because of his Chelsea connection.

Let’s just hope we can get a result. That would also give a major boost to our league campaign.

As for the midweek action with the Arsenal game at Reading and the Manchester United game at Chelsea, it was incredible.

In terms of the Arsenal game, where they were 4-0 down and won, I don’t think I have ever been involved in anything like that as a player.

I have been involved in some big-scoring games and remember Arsenal beating Villa 6-2 at Villa Park, but not a game like Tuesday, which was crazy.

It did have a bit of similarity to when we were 4-1 up against Preston and lost at home. I remember I was working at the game and said to the lad on the phone: ‘This game is over!.’ And then we got beaten and I couldn’t believe it – as I couldn’t when I heard the score on Tuesday night. They think it’s all over, eh...

 

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