Frank Lampard believes Chelsea can claim victory against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final after reaching the last four by defeating Benfica 3-1 on aggregate.
The Blues took a 1-0 lead into the quarter-final second leg against the Portuguese side and survived a late scare when Javi Garcia’s equaliser put his side within a goal of progressing.
But after Raul Meireles smashed home in injury time to secure a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, Lampard admitted his mind has already turned to avenging their controversial semi-final defeat to Barcelona in 2009.
“Everyone’s got unfinished business with them,” the 33-year-old told Sky Sports. “You have to respect they’re the greatest team in the world; they have been and still are at the present time. That game is still in our minds, but this is a completely different year so we need to try and beat them.” The meeting with Barcelona will be the first time Chelsea have faced Pep Guardiola’s side since losing to them at the same stage in 2009.
But despite the Spanish side’s impressive displays in this season’s competition, Lampard is adamant that the west Londoners can get their revenge. “Obviously they’re going to be favourites because of the way they’re playing,” he said. “We have a lot of belief in ourselves, we know we’ll have to perform at our absolute best to get a result against them and we believe we can do that.” Lampard’s first-half penalty had given Chelsea a comfortable advantage against Benfica but they failed to take a number of other opportunities to kill the game off.
Terry’s injury woes
Chelsea captain John Terry will undergo a scan after revealing he cracked two ribs. The 31-year-old came off an hour into the second leg clash having initially suffered the injury in the first-leg victory in Lisbon.