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Cross ready to adopt “Chelsea” mentality on Premier League Darts finals night

Cross has vowed he is fit to compete at The O2 (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Rob Cross believes he needs to adopt the Chelsea “Kings Of Europe” winning mentality in order to win the Unibet Premier League.

Cross lines up against Michael van Gerwen at The O2 on Thursday night in a repeat of their epic World Championship Semi-Final clash five months ago.

The Hastings battler has qualified for the final four with ease but now faces a mouth-watering show-down with the flying Dutchman once again.

But Cross, 27, is adamant he knows how to approach the crunch tie. He told Live Darts: "I feel like Chelsea when the won the Champions League.

"They'd had a really turbulent season, not really pulled up any trees in the league but saved their best for the big nights in Europe.

"I feel like the same in the Premier League. I think I’ve done OK but nowhere near what I believe I can do.

"But what I have done is given myself the opportunity to produce one great night and walk away with the Premier League.

"I don't think anyone expected Chelsea to beat Bayern Munich in their backyard in 2012. I don’t think anyone is expecting me to win on Thursday night at the O2. That suits me fine.

"It's been very different from the World Championship. Every round I sort of gained momentum along the way and probably produced my best in the semi-final to beat Michael.

"That doesn’t matter not one jot anymore. Maybe Michael feels he has to prove a point because I beat him, I don’t know. I honestly think he’s only bothered about his own game, he doesn’t need to worry about anyone else.

"He has won the league comfortably and is the man to beat, that’s not changed for a few years now. 

"But whatever happens, all four semi-finalists start at zero on Thursday night. What has happened in the previous 15 weeks means nothing. Michael van Gerwen is the favourite and rightly so but he also has to produce on the night.

"He's not always won it because he’s won the league for the past six years. Last year Peter Wright missed six darts to beat him in the final. That will fire Michael up more I’m sure to win it this time but it’s all about what happens on the night."

Cross has been struggling with damaged cartilages in his sternum which has affected his breathing and sleeping, but he’s adamant he will be fighting fit for finals night.

He added: "I will be there but I don't think I’ll be 100 per cent. However as long as I can sleep probably and practice I should be fine.

"It's not been the greatest preparation and I had to pull out of the Dutch Masters at the weekend which also wasn't ideal. I wanted to play and keep myself as sharp as possible for the semi-final.

"Hopefully I’ll turn up fresh on Thursday night and ready. Michael is the favourite and rightly so and that’s good for me. But you never know, I just hope I get my Didier Drogba penalty moment!"


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