Benfica do not fear Chelsea, insists Cardozo

Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo has insisted his teammates do not fear Chelsea ahead of the Champions League second-leg meeting between the sides, Sporting Life has reported.

Chelsea go into the return fixture at Stamford Bridge with a slender 1-0 lead, thanks to a Salomon Kalou effort. But Cardozo has revealed he felt Chelsea were fortunate at the Stadium of Light and, while admitting the match will be difficult, believes Benfica can overturn the deficit on Wednesday evening.

Cardozo is quoted as saying: “I don’t believe Chelsea were that superior to us in the first leg. I think that was a game with a lot of luck for the English. We don’t fear playing any of the teams in the Premier League.

Paraguay international Cardozo joined Benfica in 2007 from Argentinean side Newell’s Old Boys, and has scored more than 120 goals in just over 200 games. This season Cardozo has netted 22 goals in 32 games for Benfica, including four in the Champions League, one of which earned a point against Manchester United during the group stage. Cardozo also played at World Cup 2010, helping his country to the quarter-finals despite failing to score. Cardozo did miss a second-half penalty as Paraguay bowed out to eventual winners Spain.

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