Chelsea qualified for the quarter-finals of the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday and though the Blues ended the game at 0-0, one must not be too quick to write off their chances of winning the competition. In a game that was a mere formality it was easy to see that Carlo Ancelotti had his mind on Sunday’s clash against Manchester City. The Italian tactician chose to rest several key players including the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Essien and Florent Malouda. Chelsea were none the less efficient on the pitch and seemed to be saving their best for Sunday.
After the game Carlo Ancelotti was very pleased with his side’s performance, however he did mention the need for more focus in front of goal. Fernando Torres also shared his views and highlighted the fact that the first leg result made things a lot easier on the night. When asked about the fact that the match ended goalless the Spaniard was quick to say: “The
With the eight teams now finalised everyone is eagerly anticipating the quarter-final draw. However one person who is not too concerned with the outcome is the Chelsea No 9. “It doesn’t matter who we draw, at the end of the day if you want to win the Champions League, if not in the quarter-final then the semi-final or the final you will have to play against the best teams in Europe, so it doesn’t matter who we have to play against,” said the Spanish international.
Another Chelsea striker who shared his views on the game was fan favourite Didier Drogba. The Ivorian was very pleased with being able to play the full 90 minutes and went on to dismiss concerns over the fact that he has failed to score ever since the arrival of Fernando Torres. The Chelsea No 11 assured fans of his commitment to the club, while stating that he was not thinking of a move away at the end of the season.
The one thing on the minds of the players now is securing three points against Manchester City this Sunday at Stamford Bridge. A win for the Blues would see them leapfrog City and occupy third place in the league, which will improve hopes of bettering that position by the end of the season. Carlo Ancelotti has already stated that the players who were rested against Copenhagen will feature in the crunch game against Roberto Mancini’s men. The Blues will be expected to line up in their 4-4-2 formation with a probable starting XI being:
Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Essien, Ramires, Malouda; Drogba, Torres