Essien happy to shackle Gerrard as JT warns Chelsea against complacency
13 April 2009 11:25
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Michael Essien is ready to sacrifice his all-action style in order to do another shackling job on Liverpool's Steven Gerrard when Chelsea look to reach the Champions League semi-finals tomorrow night.
Essien was rested for Chelsea's 4-3 Barclays Premier League win over Bolton on Saturday but he will return to the line-up as Hiddink's side look for a place in the last four.
He has spent much of the season on the sidelines following a knee ligament injury, but he returned to score a vital goal as Chelsea earned a crucial 2-2 draw to see off Juventus in the last round.
'Everybody said I must have been very happy with the goal, but for me, it is all about the team work,' said Essien.
'We did a good job in Turin and it was a very positive result, so that is what is most important. I don't play for myself, I play for the team.
'I'd describe myself as a box-to-box midfielder, but I'll always respect the manager's decision, wherever I'm picked to play.
'Against Juventus it was a tactical move to put me on the right to try to stop the runs of Pavel Nedved.
'I always listen to the manager and I just go onto the field for every game and do what he asks me to do. So I don't really mind where I play as long as I'm out there doing a job for the team and the manager.'
Meanwhile, captain John Terry, suspended for the return leg, has warned his team-mates about becoming complacent against Rafael Benitez's Reds.
Chelsea were 4-0 up with 20 minutes remaining against Bolton but then concededthree goals in nine amazing minutes to provide them with a timely wake-up call.
'Let's get something straight. Liverpool won the Champions League by coming back from three goals down at half-time in the 2005 final, so there must be no complacency.
'It was a fantastic performance by us at Anfield to score three away goals but it hasn't won us the tie. We have to give another similar performance next Tuesday to do that.'