Manchester United vs Chelsea (UEFA Champions League, 2nd Leg)
Manchester United vs Chelsea - After the 1-0 loss against Manchester United in the Champions League first leg at Stamford Bridge, this is a do or die situation for Chelsea. To qualify for the Semifinals Chelsea need a win, with a margin of two goals the least.
Its going to be tough (very though in fact) but we have the players who can give their best on a given day. And if all our 11 players play to their best then no one can stop us. On the other hand we have to keep in check players like Rooney, Nani and Giggs.
Manchester United vs Chelsea is never a easy tie for any of the two teams, this surely will be a fiercely fought battle. Its the Battle of the Champions. So get ready for some scintillating high octane action at Old Trafford.
Jose Bosingwa who missed the weekend fixture against Wigan due to illness has recovered and has rejoined the squad for the journey to Manchester United on Monday.
Chelsea have nearly a fully fit squad to select from, Carlo Ancelotti will reveal his team selection later ahead.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson announced that right-back Rafael is his one injury doubt for the game against Chelsea. The Brazilian went off during the Stamford Bridge game. Anderson is back in Manchester United squad having been unavailable for the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand both will be available for this fixture after missing out on the weekend win over Fulham due to suspension and calf injury respectively.
Probable Team Line-ups
Manchester United (4-4-2): Van der Sar (Gk), Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Hernandez
Chelsea (4-4-2): Cech (Gk), Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Essien, Malouda, Drogba, Torres
Carlo Ancelotti on the game against Manchester United: "We know we have to win, we know we need 90 minutes so we have to play well for 90 minutes. We are not going to put strong pressure from the beginning because we need time to play our football, we need time to score, so we have to play with balance because Man United on the counter-attack are very dangerous and this is our aim."
"The key is very simple. If you play better than Man United you can win. I think they played better than us in the first leg and they won. If we are able to replace the performance we can win."
Carlo Ancelotti on the pressure on Chelsea ahead of this crucial game: "A lot of times I played this kind of game with this pressure but it is not a pressure, it is excitement. To be involved in this game is fantastic for my job, for my career, so I'm not afraid, I'm not worried about this. I am happy to have the possibility to be involved in this game and use my skills to give the players the skills to be at their best."
"Pressure for me is not bad. Pressure for me means to stay focused, concentrated and to give my players the possibility to do their best. I know it will be difficult tomorrow but we have a lot of possibility to do a fantastic game."
Carlo Ancelotti on Chelsea's 1-0 win over Man U in EPL last year at Old Trafford: "I think that we have good memories about that but here is a different story. That time we needed to win we did very well, this is a different story because we have to play another 90 minutes, the other 90 minutes Manchester played better than us, they are 1-0 up and we have to try to come back, so it is different I think."
Carlo Ancelotti on Wayne Rooney and on Chelsea's formation: "Obviously Rooney is the most dangerous player in the squad, we have to pay attention to his position, to his performance better than we did in the last game but we don't change our shape, our mentality, our philosophy to control Rooney. We have to play our football the best we can."
Carlo Ancelotti on Ferguson's comment about Chelsea being obsessive with Champions League:
"It is not an obsession ,it is a dream. A quarter-final is very close to play the final, in three games we have a possibility to play the final. At this moment of the competition it is a dream to reach the final."
Michael Essien on the crucial game against Man U at Old Trafford:"It is always difficult to come to Old Trafford and win. To win we have to be the better team so that's what we are going to try to do and we'll see what happens. We take every game as it comes, one after the other, tomorrow we have to do our best to get to the semi-finals so that's what we're going to do. We have to step up our game to win and if we do we're through to the semi-finals"
Alex after returning from injury and playing the last few minutes against Wigan: "It was very good to play the last 15 to 20 minutes against Wigan because after four months out I can now play to help the team,."
"It was a difficult game to play against Wigan but now if the manager wants me, I am ready to start a game. I have had the chance to train a little more since playing and I wait for these big games."
"I need to work every day in training and in the gym but now the knee is very good. I had the first operation at the start of December and I had an infection so after 20 days it had to be opened to clean it so I needed one month more to come back."
Alex on the 1-0 loss against Man U at Stamford Bridge and the match at Old Trafford later: "We didn't play so well in this game and it is difficult when you don't play well against Manchester United, but now we have one more chance."
"Now we need to score but also not to concede a goal, we need to concentrate on this and think about this during all the game."
"Before the game at Stamford Bridge last week the manager said the game is 180 minutes and we need to be careful about this. Now we have a whole 90 minutes to score and we need to be patient and score without conceding a goal."
Chelsea are the last away team to have won at Old Trafford — 2-1 on 3 April last year. The same result tonight would mean the Blues going through.
1 March 2011 Premier League
Chelsea 2 Man Utd 1
David Luiz 53 Rooney 28
Lampard 78 pen
8 August 2010, FA Community Shield, Wembley Stadium
Man Utd 3 Chelsea 1
Valencia 41 Kalou 83
Chelsea v Manchester United in all competitions
Games played 159
Chelsea wins 44
Man United wins 68