Javier Mascherano says Barcelona still control their Champions League destiny, despite losing 1-0 to Chelsea in the semi-final first leg.Holders Barca dominated possession in the match at Stamford Bridge and created a succession of clear-cut chances.
Petr Cech says Chelsea can be proud of themselves after beating Barcelona 1-0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday.The English Premier League hosts managed a narrow victory thanks to Didier Drogba's goal just before half-time at Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says Chelsea are now favourites in their Champions League semi-final after winning the first leg 1-0 on Wednesday.A goal from Didier Drogba just before the break at Stamford Bridge proved the difference between the two sides and earned the west London outfit a crucial lead for the return leg at Camp Nou next week.
A Didier Drogba goal was enough to lift Chelsea to a 1-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.Alexis Sanchez hit the bar early on and Cesc Fabregas had a weak effort cleared off the line for the reigning champions before Drogba delighted the Stamford Bridge crowd by finishing a smart break in first-half stoppage time.
Chelsea and Barcelona renew hostilities when they meet in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.English Premier League giants Chelsea will be looking for revenge after Andres Iniesta's late goal in their 2008/09 semi-final tie put Barca into the final, which they won 2-0 against Manchester United.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is adamant his side can stifle Barcelona's Lionel Messi in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg.The Argentine forward has been in scintillating form this season, notching over 60 goals in all competitions, including 14 in Europe's premier club competition.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said his side will attack in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.The defensive midfielder acknowledged that the Blues, with the help of the home crowd, will not make it easy for Guardiola's men in Wednesday's clash, but added that the visiting Catalan outfit will be keen to get a result in the first 90 minutes.
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata says beating Barcelona to reach the Champions League final would be a good end to a difficult season.Roberto Di Matteo's side host the reigning European champions at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the first leg of their semi-final tie and their confidence heading into the fixture will be buoyed after securing a place in the FA Cup final following a 5-1 victory over Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo believes his side holds a mental edge over Barcelona ahead of their Champions League semi-final tie.The sides have a colourful history and many Chelsea players have spoken of 'unfinished business' to attend to following their controversial stoppage-time loss to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League semi-finals.
Frank Lampard hopes Chelsea can build on their FA Cup semi-final demolition of Tottenham when they face Barcelona on Wednesday.The west London club ran out 5-1 winners at Wembley on Sunday and the 33-year-old wants to see that form taken into the crucial Champions League semi-final tie in midweek.
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|19-04||Cech pays tribute to Chelsea efforts|
|19-04||Guardiola: Chelsea are favourites to progress|
|18-04||Champions League: Chelsea 1 Barcelona 0|
|18-04||Champions League preview: Chelsea v Barcelona|
|18-04||Cech: Messi only human|
|18-04||Busquets boasts Barca attack|
|18-04||Mata eyes Barcelona scalp|
|18-04||Di Matteo confident ahead of Barca tie|
|17-04||Lampard: FA Cup win can inspire Chelsea|