Ed de Goey believes if Chelsea can stop Wayne Rooney then they have every chance of progressing in the Champions League, according to Talksport.
The former Blues goalkeeper does not believe his old side is out yet and if they get an early goal that could prove the perfect impetus, but he also believes Rooney is the key for the Premier League leaders hopes.
“Chelsea have to stop Wayne Rooney, over the last couple of weeks he’s been on fire and if you can stop him tonight it’s going to be a huge bonus.” He continued.
“They have the players to prove other people wrong and hopefully one of those players will stand up tonight and do it.”
Abramovich deserves Champions League.
Frank Lampard says he and his teammates want to win the Champions League more for owner Roman Abramovich than anything else, Sky Sports report.
The Russian billionaire has ploughed millions into the club since his takeover in 2003 and although the Blues have won domestic silverware through his ownership, Lampard said the premier European club competition is the one Abramovich really wants.
“Everything changed when Mr Abramovich arrived in 2003. He has made a huge investment and we are all very thankful. I’d be very proud to win the Champions League for a lot of reasons but I definitely understand the thought process that we owe it to him to win it.”
He continued: “He never sits us down and says ‘You must win the Champions League, this is the main thing’. But we all know it would be a fantastic thing to him, and he deserves it for all that he has given to the club.”
No Torres worry.
Michael Essien insists the misfiring Fernando Torres has the full support of his teammates as the Spaniard searches for his debut goal, according to Sky Sports.
The Ghanaian international said ‘the noise about him (Torres) will stop’ as soon as he finds the net, but in the meantime his teammates are not concerned by the drought.
“Coming into a new club, he needs to settle. The players and the club have no doubts about him. We know he’s going to deliver.” He continued.
“Nando is one of the best strikers in the world at this moment, we’re not concerned. We know it’s going to come.”