Chelsea

Jesus Wept

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus claims Chelsea are lucky to be leading 1-0 from their Champions League QF first leg in Portugal last week as they came to play for a 0-0 but ended up winning.

An interview reported on in the Daily Mail states Jorge Jesus is in confident mood ahead of the 2nd leg at Stamford Bridge tonight. He believes his side can be the only the 3rd side in Champions League history to overturn a home defeat in the competition.

He states:

“Chelsea obviously have the upper hand, but we are going to approach this game in the same manner as we would have if we had won the first game.

Chelsea had quite a lot of luck in the first match, considering we dominated the match.

We have the quality to win this game, obviously, and I’m sure that – this time round – we can turn the tables on Chelsea and do the same as they did in Lisbon”.

He added:

“They came out to play for a 0-0 draw and ended up getting a win.

They’ll be dangerous from set-pieces but we need to play an offensive game and cancel out that first-leg advantage.

We’ll go into this game being offensive.

We need to score to progress, that’s obvious, but we’ll play an offensive game, an attacking game and I’m sure we can take it to Chelsea”.

This seems like the press conference of a bitter man who obviously believes his side performed well enough to deserve something from the first leg encounter.

Everyone agreed that Benfica were disappointing in the first leg and were a shadow of the team that played so well at Old Trafford in the group stages. While alot was made of their attacking style of play and dangerous players such as Gaitan and Cardozo both failed to deliver, they kept the ball well but rarely troubled the Chelsea defence – which has been vulnerable this season – while their attacking players rarely showed signs of being world beaters.

Saying Chelsea went to Portugal looking for a 0-0 seems way off the mark – although they probably would have been relatively happy with that – because Chelsea went into the game with the aim of keeping a clean sheet and stealing a goal on the break or from a set piece, which is exactly what happened.

Maybe the Benfica coach is trying to play mind games with the hope of throwing Chelsea of their game but if I could offer a word of warning to Jorge Jesus, the last manager who tried to play mind games before a Champions League 2nd leg at Stamford Bridge was Rafa Benitez of Liverpool when he publicly criticised Didier Drogba, who went on the score 2 goals and help Chelsea knock out Benitez’s side.

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