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Sunday 17 December 2017

Turnbull urges Blues to take double

Ross Turnbull has urged his Chelsea team-mates to bounce back from their Champions League exit by winning the Premier League and the FA Cup.

The Blues made their earliest departure from Europe's premier competition for four years when they lost to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan on Tuesday night.

Recent defeats at the hands of Everton and Manchester City have seen Carlo Ancelotti's side slip to second place in the league -- two points behind leaders Manchester United.

The only other chance Ancelotti has of adding silverware to the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet is via the FA Cup, where they face Aston Villa in the semi-final next month.

Turnbull, who made only his third Chelsea appearance on Tuesday, is confident the Blues can complete a domestic double to make up for their European disappointment.

"I was pleased with my performance, that's a positive, but I'd much rather us be in the last eight," said Turnbull, who signed on a free transfer from Middlesbrough last summer.

"We set out to win the game and go through but it wasn't to be; we didn't perform on the night. We have two other competitions we can still win though, and winning them has to be our aim.

"Every game now is a big one and we have to step up and do our stuff."

Chelsea could be five points behind the Red Devils by the time they face Blackburn at Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon.

With first and second-choice goalkeepers Petr Cech and Hilario both back in light training after injury, Turnbull may miss out on making his third straight start.

He admits it will be hard to return to life out of the side, but insists he made the right decision to leave Boro, where he had become the Championship side's No1.

"I will always work hard, but it does get frustrating when you train Monday to Friday and on Saturday you're in the stands. It's not easy wanting to get that chance, but I absolutely love it here," the 25-year-old said.

"Training is fantastic every day, they're all world-class players, but every professional wants to play, but, equally, as a professional you have to stay patient and focused."

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