Champions League quarter final – second leg: Valencia Vs. Chelsea

Mestalla is a stadium where very few visiting teams enjoy playing. The crowd really gets behind their team, or rather they really get on the backs of the visitors. Chelsea are going to get to experience this at first hand tomorrow night, and although they might have played at more hostile venues like Old Trafford, they will have to be one hundred percent concentrated in order for them to do their job properly. Coach Jose Mourhino knows exactly what to expect, however. From his days as assistant coach at Barcelona, he learnt the importance of concentration and determination the hard way.
We could see some results of that at the weekend. Other managers would have rested his important figures for the local derby clash against neighbours Tottenham, (who incidentally did reserve players before their home tie against Sevilla in the UEFA cup) but not Mourhino. He wants the Champions but not at any cost. The Premier title is still as important to him as anything else, and yet again he was proved right after Portuguese central defender Ricardo Carvalho gave Chelsea three points of gold and cut Manchester United’s lead to just three points with a stunning thirty yard strike.
Something nearing the exact opposite happened to Valencia on Saturday evening. Quique Sanchez Flores decided to field an almost reserve team for the trip to third from bottom club Athletic Bilbao and paid a high price. Valencia lost one nil and now they are fifth in the league and out of a Champions league place if they aren’t careful.
I think Chelsea are going to be too tough for Valencia this time round. In the first leg at Stamford Bridge the Spanish side did very well indeed, but I don’t think a draw and one away goal will be enough to see Chelsea away. Look out for striker Didier Drogba getting on the score sheet, probably opening the scoring, and I don’t think the Londoners will be satisfied with just one goal. I am putting my money on Chelsea winning it by two goals to nothing and a semi final showdown with Liverpool in the next round.

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