Ancelotti dreams of Wembley glory

19 March 2011 08:00

Carlo Ancelotti insists Chelsea are not obsessed by winning the Champions League - but just dream of doing so.

Chelsea will face Manchester United in the quarter-finals and the Italian has warned his players that only by winning the tournament outright will they avenge their 2008 final defeat in Moscow. Tottenham meanwhile have a hugely glamorous tie against Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid.

Ancelotti said: "It's not an obsession to win the Champions League - it's a dream, and I agree with Mourinho on that. We have to play a quarter-final and then we'll see if we deserve to be in the semi-final. Last year it was a really bad moment, losing to Inter. Now it's not an obsession to win it, it's a dream."

He added: "I don't have to have revenge against United - I was not there. For my players, I don't think it's a good motivation, revenge. It should be fantastic motivation to look forward in the future.

"We have four games to reach the final in London. If Chelsea reached the final there, we'd have good revenge for 2008 - not against United."

The victors will face either holders Inter Milan or Schalke of Germany for a place in the final at Wembley on May 28. United have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2002, and were defeated earlier this month in a stormy encounter that has ended up with Sir Alex Ferguson incurring a five-match touchline ban.

United striker Javier Hernandez, who scored both goals against Marseille on Tuesday, said: "We play in the same league and it is going to be tough.

"Stamford Bridge is a nice stadium and it makes it a little bit like a league game. But if there is an advantage, it is that we are at home in the second game."

For Spurs, they will have another of Harry Redknapp's "greatest days" to savour - and with the prospect of Barcelona - who take on Shakhtar Donetsk - lying in wait in the semi-finals if Tottenham achieve yet another improbable victory in Europe this season.

Redknapp said: "It's a fantastic draw. What a game to look forward to against one of the greatest clubs in world football. You have to look forward to games like this. These are the great days in your life and great days in Tottenham's history."

Source: PA