Mind games! Carragher insists Liverpool have the psychological edge over Euro foes Chelsea
07 April 2009 04:10
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Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool have the psychological edge over Chelsea going into their crunch Champions League showdown.
The Barclays Premier League giants square up in their quarter-final first leg at Anfield tomorrow.
Liverpool have already beaten their rivals twice this season - and Carragher reckons that hands them a major advantage as they chase a place in the last four.
'We've got a great record against Chelsea this season and if we play the way we have done against them in the two league matches then we know we can go through,' he said.
'The fact we did the double against them might give us that extra confidence. I'm sure if they'd beaten us twice we'd have gone into it with a bit more trepidation, but the fact we won twice will give us a bit of a boost.'
Liverpool and Chelsea are preparing for their ninth European meeting inthe past five seasons after being paired again in last month's draw.
And Carragher, 31, admits he would have preferred to be facing German giants Bayern Munich.
'My initial reaction was that I didn't really want us to get another English team because Europe is about playing European teams,' he said.
'The Chelsea lads probably felt the same. I suppose we are sick of the sight of each other really! But we both know what kind of games they will be and we all realise it will be tough.
'I was desperate for us to get Bayern Munich because I wanted to play in their new ground.
'I like to play in different stadiums across Europe, but if we beat Chelsea we could still draw them in the semi-final.'
Chelsea finally got one over Liverpool by dumping them out of last season's tournament - largely helped by a late own goal by John Arne Riise in the semi-final first leg.
But Carragher inists revenge is not on his mind, adding: 'This is a new season and we are probably playing better than we did last year.
'It was unfortunate with John Arne Riise's own goal because if it hadn't gone in, I think we would probably have gone through. That's how close the games are.'