Tomori eyes FA Cup glory

Fikayo Tomori has claimed he wants to follow in the footsteps of Frank Lampard and add to Chelsea’s “rich history” in the FA Cup by lifting the trophy this season.
The 22-year-old scored the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Hull, which saw the Blues safely into the hat for tonight’s fifth-round draw.
Lampard won the trophy four times as a player and although the FA Cup is not a priority for him this season, Tomori insisted he would like to add to his boss’s fond memories of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition.
“Chelsea have a rich history in the FA Cup,” said Tomori. “With the gaffer being in there we went to a lot of finals at Wembley.
“We have seen Chelsea lift it many times with Conte and in the past as well. Of course, it is Chelsea and we want to fight for every competition.
“There’s a trophy to play for at the end of it. When you step on the pitch we are not thinking this is just an FA Cup game or this is a Champions League game.
“We want to win. Every game is the same. Going into the FA Cup games we want to do the same thing. We want to try to go as far as we can.”
The FA Cup may also be a useful opportunity for Tomori to revive a breakthrough season, which has stalled of late.
Tomori was a key part of the fresh injection of youth under Lampard, forming an early-season centre-back partnership with Kurt Zouma, the highlight of which was undoubtedly keeping a clean sheet in Amsterdam as Chelsea secured a vital Champions League group stage victory against Ajax last October.
He signed a new five-year contract in December just a week before turning 22 but has found first-team appearances hard to come by since Antonio Rudiger’s return from injury with Lampard preferring Andreas Christensen in the Blues’ last three League outings.
Tomori has started just five of the past 13 matches in all competitions but featured in both rounds of the FA Cup so far.
“I think it gives me the opportunity to have a run of games,” said Tomori, who spent last season on loan at Derby.
“We can all contribute. We’re into the fifth round, so we can watch the draw and wait to see who we get. Hopefully we can get a good draw and win again.
“With winning games and playing games it builds confidence. I feel a lot more confident than I was in the beginning at the season so I feel like I have a bigger role to play in the team.
“That’s whether I am in the team or not I feel like that’s in what I need to bring to the training sessions and the changing room even though I am just starting out.
“Us young players are encouraged to talk in the changing room and use our voices.
“This season as it has gone on I have tried to do that a lot more.
“We young players have a lot of personalities even though we are young and we just want to show what we can do.”