'I don't feel any pressure here': New City man confident ahead of potential FFA Cup debut

Ritchie De Laet is targeting trophies with Melbourne City and could soon add an FFA Cup win alongside his Premier League winner's medal.

The Belgian defender is in line to start tomorrow night’s last-eight tie with Western Sydney Wanderers following his loan signature for Melbourne City last Friday.

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City are among the favourites to lift this year’s trophy, but the 29-year-old insists a potential Quarter Final debut yields no added pressure.

"I don't feel any pressure here. I just want to play football," De Laet told media today.

"I know what the gaffer expects from his players. I want to graft again and do well for the team.

“I'm ready to go [for the FFA Cup]. I'll get a good session into me today and decide what the gaffer does with me for the game.”

De Laet

City will look to draw inspiration from their last FFA Cup Quarter Final appearance with the Wanderers, a match which produced a dominant 4-1 victory for the Melbourne club.

That match proved to be the springboard to City’s FFA Cup 2016 win, a triumph that remains the club’s only piece of silverware.

De Laet says his new teammates are fixated on adding to their trophy cabinet this season, starting with the FFA Cup 2018.

“It should be the aim,” he said.

“I’ve seen some of the players out there, there’s some real quality in this team.

“I’m sure once we get it all together, we’re going to make a really good push for it.”