Crystal Palace boss Vieira outlines FA Cup ambitions ahead of Stoke tie

Patrick Vieira wants Crystal Palace to go all the way in the FA Cup this season.

The Eagles can reach the quarter-finals with a win over Stoke City at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.

And Vieira – who won the competition four times as a player – desperately wants his side to lift some silverware in his debut campaign in charge.

“It’s a competition we want to do well in – we want to go as far as we can,” Vieira said in his pre-match press conference. “We have a home tie and it’s an advantage we have to use.

“We want to go to the next round, and I will try to put on the field the best XI that will allow us to go to the next round. It’s still a long way.

“The tie is at home, and I think having a home tie is massively important.”

He added: “This is a competition where the fans dream of making a trip to Wembley,” he said. “This is part of English culture, this competition. It’s massively important.

“It creates a positive atmosphere around the team and around the football club. Players get really excited, the fans get really excited as well. We want to build that kind of momentum and experiences.

“It’s important for the players to be really excited for it because that brings positivity around the training ground and the games.

“As a manager you want to do well, and to win an FA Cup as a manager will be a dream come true. It will be a different game against Stoke.”

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