It’ll be Taf but we’ll give it a real go...

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Luke Baker

A WEEK ago, Chelsea looked in­vin­ci­ble – but af­ter Tot­ten­ham demon­strated the Blues’ mor­tal­ity in mid­week, Ryan Tafa­zolli be­lieves Peter­bor­ough can ex­ploit a chink in the ar­mour to­day.

Posh are un­der­stand­ably mas­sive un­der­dogs as they head to Stam­ford Bridge in the Emi­rates FA Cup third round – they were avail­able at odds as long as 25/1 with some book­mak­ers to come out on top.

Yet Spurs de­servedly beat the Premier League lead­ers 20 in mid­week thanks to a pair of Dele Alli head­ers – end­ing a 13game winning streak in the league – and Tafa­zolli is al­ready dream­ing of repli­cat­ing the Eng­land mid­fielder’s ef­forts.

“Tot­ten­ham scored two head­ers, so it would be great if I popped up with one my­self ! Set­pieces are one of our best chances of scor­ing against them,” said the 25-year-old de­fender.

“But they’ve been very re­silient and res­o­lute in de­fence and they’ve kept 11 clean sheets in the last 15 games.

“We have to play our own game. You watch

Match of the Day ev­ery Satur­day night and loads of teams go to Chelsea, sit back and still lose 3-0 – why would we want to do the same?

“We’ll go there and do what we’ve been do­ing in the last 15 games, which is press high and try to cause them prob­lems.”

Peter­bor­ough’s task of breach­ing the Blues de­fence will po­ten­tially be even tougher with the re­turn of Kurt Zouma – set to make his first start fol­low­ing an 11-month in­jury lay-off.

But hav­ing beaten then League One ta­ble-top­pers Bolton in Novem­ber and drawn away at high-fly­ing Scun­thorpe last time out, Tafa­zolli says Posh won’t be over­awed.

“We seem to al­ways rise to the oc­ca­sion against the big­ger op­po­si­tion,” he ex­plained. “Our record against teams higher than us in the league has been very good this sea­son.

“When we’ve played on TV we have also done re­ally well, so hope­fully we can put in a good per­for­mance.”

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POS­I­TIVE: Ryan Tafa­zolli


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