You've got Torres and Drogba to blame for woes, blasts Benfica ace Gaitan ahead of Blues tie
10:22 GMT, 26 March 2012
Chelsea's 'anxiety' is down to Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba's struggles in front of goal, according to Benfica ace Nicolas Gaitan.
The Blues set off from Heathrow Airport for Portugal this morning ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg showdown.
And Manchester United target Gaitan insists it is the perfect time to host Roberto Di Matteo's side, confident that Portuguese giants can progress to the last four.
Drawing a blank: Didier Drogba failed to trouble the scoreline against Tottenham
Chelsea drew another blank at the weekend in the 0-0 draw against Tottenham as their push for a top four finish in the Barclays Premier League suffered a dent.
50million striker Torres, who has fired just six goals this season, came on as a 76th minute substitute at Stamford Bridge while Drogba, who has nine goals to his name this term, failed to find the net.
It is unlikely the pair will both start as a partnership in Portugal but winger Gaitan is certain Benfica have nothing to worry about, insisting they will keep a clean sheet.
'I think there is an anxiety in Chelsea by the lack of goals from Torres and Drogba,' he said.
Anxiety: Fernando Torres' lack of goals is hampering Chelsea, according to one of Benfica's best players Nicolas Gaitan
'We can exploit that and even though it will be difficult to stop them, it is possible and I have confidence we will keep a clean sheet.
Benfica were also held to a goalless draw at the weekend, sharing th spoils with Olhanese, but Gaitan insists the result will have no bearing on their clash with Chelsea.
'It wasn’t the Champions League game which caused the 0-0 scores,' Gaitan added.
Confident: Winger Gaitan believes Benfica will pull off an upset against Chelsea
'Benfica are having a good season in Europe. This is our main strength against Chelsea.
'The squad is convinced we can create chances and we play without fear against anyone.
'Chelsea are, of course, strong in Europe but we are not inferior to them.'