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Fergie wary of powerful Blues

25 Apr 2008 - 15:41:34

Sir Alex Ferguson hopes his Manchester United side can show the same concentration levels they managed in Barcelona when they visit Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.

United ground out a goalless draw in the Camp Nou in their Champions League semi-final first leg encounter with the Catalan giants thanks to a determined backs-to-the-wall display.

Ferguson knows it is a vital week for his team, with victory at Stamford Bridge all but securing another Premier League title for his side.

He said: "There's a great incentive for us. What we've had to do is get the players recovered from Barcelona.

"We've had the disadvantage of a day's less rest than Chelsea and then there's the travelling of course. We'll do our best. We'll get the players rested and hopefully we'll be all right for Saturday.

"I said in December that I was looking over my shoulder at Chelsea because I thought they'd be a big threat to us, and I've been proved right.

"They're a strong and experienced powerful side and never at any stage in the season did we dismiss them.

"We showed good concentration levels against Barcelona and we'll need to produce the same again on Saturday. I've got a good bunch of lads and I'm confident they'll be ready."

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