Lampard and Kalou on Barcelona

Two players of Chelsea FC gave an interesting interview on Champions league semi-finals agains’t Barcelona.

Lampard: “Everyone’s got unfinished business with them. You have to respect they’re the greatest team in the world; they have been and still are at the present time.”

“That game is still in our minds, but this is a completely different year so we need to try and beat them. Obviously they’re going to be favourites because of the way they’re playing”

Kalou: “We’re in the semi-finals and we must concentrate on Barcelona. They’re a great team, but over two legs, it’s possible. We’ve seen how Mourinho’s Inter caused them problems two years ago.”

Javi Garcia: We can beat Chelsea

“This year we have already knocked out Manchester United in the group stage. Let’s see if we can carry on our good results against English teams in the quarter-finals.”

“The Champions League draw wasn’t bad for Benfica. Our objective for the quarter-finals was not to face Barca, Madrid or Bayern and that has been achieved. The team is looking very strong in terms of morale and we are going into this tie in the best possible moment of the season.”

“The tie is very open and even. If some people are making Chelsea favourites then that can even be good for us because it transmits all of the pressure onto them, but the truth is that either side can go through.”

“With the change of coach, it seems Chelsea have been positively transformed. That will give even more intensity to this tie. It’s 50-50 but I think we have a good chance to carry on making history.”

“We are not too happy at having to play the return in London, but at this stage of the competition and with the aim of being in the semi-finals, we will give it everything in London – whatever the result is at A Luz.”

“The team are fighting for everything this season and we are at a very high level. Things are going really well but we still haven’t won (anything). Now we are entering the decisive matches of the season and we cannot let up.”

“It’s logical that playing for the Spanish national team is one of my greatest dreams, but that, at the moment, and in my position, is more than difficult.”

Redknapp happy with a draw agains’t Chelsea

“I think it is still there (3. position in Premiership) – it’s not over. Arsenal have had a great run and they have done fantastic but they’ve had a bit of luck like we all need. Sometimes you get that little bit of luck and it can make the difference.”

“You know that can turn just as easily – maybe we can start knocking in a few late goals in and it doesn’t go their way. It’s all to play for still. It’s not a done deal that Arsenal will finish third, no I don’t think so.”

“As I’ve said before, it’s not as if we have been playing badly. (We have) just not had a couple of results but we have been playing well and if we had been playing badly I would be worried.”

Meanwhile, Di Matteo had different point of view: “We were looking to win the game and close the gap on Spurs, that was our idea today. I think we always knew that it was going to be a difficult task but there are still eight games to play and we will try to win as many as we can to try and get into fourth spot.”

“Fourth spot is very important for our club. I wouldn’t say that’s the priority now but certainly for the future of our club it’s at the top. To make the gap up, we would need to win all of them (rest of the matches). I’m not sure it’s as easy as that. You look at the fixture list and you just have to try and win the next one and go for the next one.”

Di Matteo on Lampard’s form

“I wouldn’t say he’s entered a declining stage. What I can say from my own experiences is that you probably need a little bit more time to recover when you get to a certain age. Apart from that, if you’re healthy and fit, you can reach high levels.”

Comparing to Scholes: “Paul Scholes is not bursting forward as much as he used to do. But Frank’s an intelligent guy, so he will adapt very quickly to that. I have no problems with age if somebody is healthy and fit. He’s a top professional. I think this club has been blessed to have a player like him for 10 years.”

Di Matteo: We must beat Tottenham

“The experience factor will definitely play a role because we have players who are used to playing pressure. The teams are fighting for fourth spot and we all understand the importance of that. We want to take advantage of our home form and a win would give us a big lift, but even if we manage to just get a draw then we are still in it. If we lose it will be very difficult.”

“It was a bit of a setback for us on Wednesday but it was a great effort. Anyone who saw the game will know we created a lot of problems for City so we will take a lot of confidence into tomorrow’s game.”

On Terry: “He’s a very influential player for us and we’re happy that he is available again. I’m very pleased.”

“We have the most difficult fixture list compared to the other teams but we have a good squad and all the resources we need to be able to challenge for fourth place.”