Salomon Kalou, Blues' hero against Benfica, says the London club possess the mettle to win European crown
Salomon Kalou has expressed his belief that Chelsea can win the Champions League this season. Russian owner Roman Abramovich has made no secret of his desire for Europe's top club honour since taking over the club in 2003.
Advantage blues: Chelsea's Salomon Kalou scores against Benfica on Tuesday. Pic/Getty Images
Kalou's late goal against Benfica on Tuesday moved them a step closer to the prize. If Chelsea make it to the semi-finals, considering Benfica don't pull up a trick at Stamford Bridge, they will face the daunting task of having to overcome one of Europe's two heavyweights -- Barcelona or AC Milan. But the Ivory Coast international still believes the club can go all the way this year. "I believe there is no reason why we could not win the Champions League," Kalou told reporters. "Anything is possible. We have the team for it, we have the players for it."
Kalou did not enjoy his happiest period at the club under the management of Andre Villas-Boas, making just 14 appearances in all competitions. However, since interim manager Robert Di Matteo took charge, the 26-year-old has been brought back into the fold, and he says he is delighted to be back helping the team.
He continued: "It means a lot to me to score. I am happy to be in the team, playing games and to score. "I still think I can improve and if I can help teams to win games, I'd be delighted to do that."