"If we believe we can play better than Manchester United then we can win."

Carlo Ancelotti spoke in his press conference ahead of the game tonight and re-iterated a key fact in both games and that's belief. He ...

Carlo Ancelotti spoke in his press conference ahead of the game tonight and re-iterated a key fact in both games and that's belief. He was quick to point out that previous games against United mean nothing as it's about 180 minutes to move forward to the semi-finals. He said:
'It doesn't matter if I have a good record in the past with Manchester United, I want to be focused on the next game; tomorrow will be a different history. We know we must play against a fantastic team but we have confidence to do our best. It will be different because we have to play 180 minutes. Obviously we want to start well tomorrow but we have to know that everything will be decided at Old Trafford. Nothing will be decided tomorrow.

We are focused, concentrated and we want to move on. If we believe we can play better than Manchester United then we can win.

Alex is still not fit to play, he could be involved next week but the other players, like Benayoun, are fit, I have already decided the line-up. It is not easy to do this, I have more than 11 fantastic players.

The players have experience, they have ability and the players will do everything to try to win the Champions League. They have arrived very close before. Unfortunately for Chelsea they were no good in some little detail in that moment. Now I hope we can have some luck but you also have to deserve the luck. In the end, if you deserve to win, then you will win.

Chelsea have come close to winning the Champions League before and it remains the one trophy to elude our cabinet. It's become a major motivation for Chelsea's stars.

The Champions League is not an obsession but it is the most important competition in the world in my opinion. It is a dream and every player will try their best to believe they can win but when you are playing for a strong team like Chelsea it is not an obsession. It is a fantastic competition and I said to my players that we have to be happy, every player and manager in the world wants to be involved in this kind of game. This kind of game increases your experience, your position and your history and that can count, experience and tradition, in the Champions League.

'It's exciting. We have to try our best to beat a strong team but in the end we have to be happy because it is a fantastic moment in our career.'

Let's face it, we have the squad and we have the ability to not be afraid of anyone in this competition, but for the sides we have to face to worry about us. The problem we have had is taking the final step across the finish line, to stand up and be counted when we are looking for our players to do so.

Of course you need luck to be successful but at the same time you need to believe you can win it, and you need to deserve to win it. For the this Chelsea side, you get the feeling it's now or never.

Let's hope they have the belief and the desire to get past United.


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