Chelsea Team News

BE PREPARED

Chelsea players are adamant they will taking nothing for granted in tonight’s second leg and are hopeful the crowd will feel the same.

With the Blues’ away support performing as well as the team a week ago at Anfield, a hot atmosphere to cheer the team into the semi-finals is on order.

Ricardo Carvalho watched from the bench during the first leg but is expected to start this evening and says:

‘Of course the crowd is very important – but more than the crowd here, we have to show our character inside. Of course the crowd can enjoy it because it is a good moment for us but we have to try to beat Liverpool at home.’

Salomon Kalou, one of the stars on Anfield, adds:

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‘The fans were very good there. I think they have always been good this season and they have been supportive when we had a difficult time. They were there for us and the stadium was always full and that is very important for the players, knowing we have the supporters behind us so we can always give 100 per cent for them.

‘Because we win in Anfield it is not over,’ continues the winger.

‘We know how Liverpool react and we know they have the players who can make the difference in any game. They showed that against Manchester United in Old Trafford so we have to be really focused and play like we played at Anfield. Then we can qualify.’

Even experienced campaigner and former Champions League winner Carvalho has not previously enjoyed such a commanding lead heading into a home second leg. The Porto side of 2003/04 had a two-goal cushion in a tie against Lyon, but that was to take to France, and during his Chelsea career it has always been draws and narrow defeats to bring back to Stamford Bridge.

‘It is important when the game is away to always score a goal and at Anfield we conceded first but after that we controlled all the game and we deserved to win.

‘It was unbelievable,’ he says of Branislav Ivanovic’s major contribution at both ends. ‘He played right-back and he played so good and in the corners he was so strong in the air. It has been a difficult season for him but he deserves this because he works a lot and he deserves to play.

‘When in Porto we won 2-0 the first game once and after that it is halfway done but we have to be strong for the second game because in football, things can change quickly, so we have to be prepared to play at our level.

‘I am ready. I have been out too long and it has been difficult but I have done extra work to get more fit to start the games.’

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~ by awbroady on April 14, 2009.

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