Pienaar eyes Chelsea scalp
Steven Pienaar is confident of claiming another 'big four' scalp as Everton look to win the FA Cup.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 29/05/09 10:07am
Steven Pienaar is confident of claiming another 'big four' scalp as Everton look to overcome Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
The Toffees go into the Wembley showdown as underdogs but after securing fifth spot in the Premier League last weekend confidence is high at Goodison Park.
Pienaar has been a star performer for manager David Moyes' team this term with the season-ending injury to Mikel Arteta in February forcing the South African to step up to the plate.
The 27-year-old has not disappointed with a number of sparkling displays and now he has his eyes set on securing Everton their first piece of silverware since they last won the Cup in 1995.
"We have already beaten two of the top four to get to the final, Liverpool and Manchester United, so why can't we make it three by beating Chelsea?" he said.
"We have drawn with them twice already, so we really believe we can beat them this time.
"But we accept that this will be a difficult final. Chelsea are a tough side with good players in all positions, but we believe we can certainly match them in the final."
The former Borussia Dortmund ace admits that life on Merseyside has not always been easy but he insists he now feels fully settled at the club.
"It was difficult at the beginning (of the season). We were not giving the fans what they deserved," he added.
"But through hard work and team spirit we have turned things around, fifth in the league and in the cup final.
"I have settled into the side now. Last season was totally different, I was on loan and had to prove myself. But now I have my contract and I feel a lot more settled about things.
"But the pressure is now that people expect more from me. But I am enjoying myself here and this is the best football I have played at Everton.
"I love it here, this club is going forward. The manager is doing a good job, but everyone is. The chairman, everybody, and they all deserve this success."