Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo believes the Emirates FA Cup is one of the most special cup competitions in the world, and stressed how much it means to have the chance of reaching a semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
The Brazilian featured for the Seagulls in wins over West Bromwich Albion and Derby County, and victory over Millwall in Sunday’s quarter-final would book Albion’s place in the final four.
“I always like cups, they’re very charming,” the 23-year-old said. “They give the possibility to clubs who are possibly not the best the chance to achieve something.
“It’s not like a league where you have to be consistent throughout the whole season to win the title — in the cup, anything can happen.
“The FA Cup is very charming because there are so many teams. In Brazil, the cup is played by teams between the first and third division, so you know the teams are of a similar level.
“But over here, you can have amateur teams playing against Manchester City, who have spent billions!
“I’ve always been a football fan and Wembley is one of the big stages. Wembley, Maracana, San Siro — those are legendary stadiums where everyone wants to play, and for me it’s no different.
“It might be the biggest cup in the world, so for sure it means a lot to play in and we now have the chance of reaching a semi-final at Wembley.”
Albion will look to record three successive victories after wins against Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace, and Bernardo believes the visit to Selhurst Park was perfect preparation for their trip to The Den.
“Last week I played at Palace and I enjoyed the atmosphere because it’s something exciting. It was good preparation for this match, because I think we’ll have something similar on Sunday.
“They beat Everton and the reason they’ve arrived at this stage of the competition is because they’re a good team and deserve it.
“It will be a very difficult match, especially at their ground, but we go into the game after two great results, so it’s good for our confidence. We will fight until the end and let’s see what happens.”