Lampard admits Chelsea have unfinished business with Barcelona
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said the Premier League side have “unfinished business” with Barcelona after the pair sealed a Champions League semi-final meeting, the Independent has reported.
The clubs last played each other in the Champions League in 2009 when a last-gasp Andres Iniesta goal eliminated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and put Barcelona on course to meet Manchester United at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. There a goal each from Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi took the trophy to Catalonia.
But the semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona was marred by ugly scenes after referee Tom Henning Ovrebo rejected a succession of penalty claims from the home side. At the final whistle Didier Drogba confronted the official, directing a tirade of abuse at Ovrebo.
Lampard, who scored a penalty as the Blues defeated Benfica in the competition’s quarter-final, said after the match: “Everyone's got unfinished business with [Barcelona]. They're the greatest team in the world. They have been and still are. That game is still in our minds but this is a different year and we have to try to beat them but we can believe we can do it.” Of the 11 Chelsea players who started against Barcelona in 2009 eight are still at the club, as well as four of the substitutes that night.
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