Chelsea 1 Barcelona 0: Blues now favourites to reach final – Pep

Pep Guardiola believes Chelsea are favourites to reach the final after the Blues' victory in the first leg of the semi-final

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Champions League, 18 April 2012, Stamford Bridge
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Pep Guardiola has labelled Chelsea favourites to reach the Champions League final after the Blues’ slender victory over Barcelona in the first leg of the semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Didier Drogba scored Chelsea’s winner in first-half stoppage time with a close-range finish to hand the Blues a slender advantage ahead of a daunting trip to Camp Nou next week.

“One-nil is a very good result for them,” said Guardiola. “They are the favourites. It’s football. It’s not a question about fair or unfair.

“Congratulations to Chelsea. We’d win every game if it all was about possession of the ball because our average is more than our opponents.”

Cesc Fàbregas and Alexis Sánchez both came close for Barça in the first half, and Carles Puyol’s header in the 87th minute drew a world class save from Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

There was still time for Pedro to hit the post in added time – the rebound fell to Sergio Busquets, but the Barcelona midfielder blasted his effort over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

“But the most difficult thing in this game is putting the ball in the net, and that’s what we couldn’t do this evening,” added Guardiola.

“We have to focus on the next game now and try and create the same number of chances.

“It won’t be simple. They’ll have 10 men behind the ball, they’ll defend, they’re stronger than us, they run, they jump more than us.

“But we have to try and take the game under control and discover a way of scoring the goals.”


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