Cech warns Man United: Chelsea want revenge for final defeat

Blues ready to make up for disappointing domestic campaign by sealing European glory, insists stopper

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Petr Cech says Manchester United were "lucky" to win the 2008 final Photo: Ryu Voelkel

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Petr Cech has warned Manchester United that Chelsea are ready to exact revenge for their 2008 Champions League final defeat by knocking them out of this year’s competition.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men host the Premier League leaders in the first leg of their quarter-final clash with United at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s United beat Chelsea in the final two years ago on a penalty shoot-out, and the Blues goalkeeper still believes the Red Devils were lucky to win that game in Moscow.

“The records will say they won the game but they didn’t really win it. They just had more luck in the shoot-out than we had,” he told The Sun.

“What’s in the past is in the past. We are looking forward to the future and we hope this time it will be us who go through.

“We still go into that game with confidence because our record against Manchester United in recent years is very good, especially at home.

“We go into the game thinking it could be the advantage. If we get a good result, we’ll be in a good position.”

The 28-year-old Chelsea stopper believes facing English opposition is an advantage at this stage of the competition, and he hopes the Blues will be able to make amends for a disappointing domestic campaign by landing Europe’s premier club trophy.

“An advantage for us is that we know their players and their team, and going to Old Trafford we will not discover anything new,” he continued.

“We’ve played there many times and won there last season, so we can be positive.

“It’s a pity we’re not in the position in the league where we wanted to be. But in terms of progress in the Champions League, we are in a good position.

“We are hoping we can manage to go through. The belief is coming back into the team and we are feeling confident because we are on a good run of results.”

Cech added: “The Champions League is such a special trophy but I don’t think you can compare it or wonder whether it would cover not winning the title. They are two completely different things.”

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