Manchester United were lucky to beat Chelsea in Moscow, insists Petr Cech

04 April 2011 08:40

Petr Cech has raised the stakes even higher ahead of Chelsea's showdown with Manchester United by claiming the Reds were lucky to win the final in 2008.

Chelsea face United in the first leg of their quarter-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, their first meeting in the competition since that unforgettable night in Moscow three years ago.

The final in 2008 will be long remembered for a splendid match, and the most dramatic of penalty shoot-outs, when John Terry missed with a chance to win the European Cup, and United went on to claim the glory.

But Cech doesn't even recognise United's success that night, saying: 'The records will say they won the game but they didn't really win it.

'They just had more luck in the shootout than we had.

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'What's in the past is in the past. We are looking forward to the future and we hope this time it will be us who go through.'

The Blues have beaten United in their last three league matches, including a 2-1 win in London last month.

And Cech said: 'Our record against Manchester United in recent years is very good, especially at home. We go into the game thinking it could be the advantage. If we get a good result, we'll be in a good position.

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'An advantage for us is that we know their players and their team, and going to Old Trafford we will not discover anything new. We've played there many times and won there last season, so we can be positive.'

Chelsea are virtually out of the title race now, after their 1-1 draw at Stoke on Saturday left them 11 points behind leaders United. The Champions League is now their only chance of a trophy this season.

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Cech added: 'It's a pity we're not in the position in the league where we wanted to be. But in terms of progress in the Champions League, we are in a good position. We are hoping we can manage to go through.

'The belief is coming back into the team and we are feeling confident because we are on a good run of results.'

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