Bring on Barca! Lampard out to settle old score in Champions League semi
21:06 GMT, 4 April 2012
21:08 GMT, 4 April 2012
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is confident Chelsea can settle an old score with Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final.
The Blues secured a spot in the last four with a nervy 2-1 over 10-man Benfica in the second leg of their quarter-final clash at Stamford Bridge.
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Lampard scored a first-half penalty to put his side 2-0 up on aggregate, but Benfica ensured a tense finish when Javi Garcia nodded home from close range on 85 minutes.
Raul Meireles scored in stoppage time to finally seal Chelsea's place.
Asked if Chelsea have some unfinished
business against Barcelona after previous controversial clashes, Lampard
added: 'Everyone has unfinished business with them.
'They are the greatest team in the
world. They are going to be favourites but we have a lot of belief in
ourselves. We have to perform at our best to beat them and we believe we
can do that.'
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Reflecting on the game, he added to ITV 1: 'Yeah, it was a tough game. Winning 1-0 away leaves you in a bit of a conundrum how to approach the game. We gave them an idea they could come and win the game.
'We didn't want to go too gung ho but we created enough chances tonight in the second half. We are pleased to be in the semis.'
Chelsea interim boss Roberto Di Matteo added: 'We knew before the game we were going to face a difficult game tonight and it proved that.
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'Benfica are a good side, but we are pleased we are in the semi-final now. The second goal was missing to kill the game. With a 1-0 lead they still had a chance and they knew that. We missed a lot of chances to kill the game.'
Asked about facing Barcelona in the last four, Di Matteo added: 'Let me enjoy this first of all. We play Wigan on Saturday and we have to focus on that first.
'They [Barcelona] are probably one of the best teams in the world, if not the best. We are excited to be able to play a semi-final against a big team.'