Barca, United look to finish the job
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney will be raring to go against Chelsea as he returns from his domestic ban in the Champions League on Tuesday.sports Updated: Apr 11, 2011 23:12 IST
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney will be raring to go against Chelsea as he returns from his domestic ban in the Champions League on Tuesday.
United take a 1-0 lead into the quarter-final home leg after Rooney scored the only goal in the first game at Stamford Bridge last week.
“In the first leg he adapted to the role we asked him to play very, very well and it wasn’t an easy role because he’s got to combine a defensive duty with an attacking thrust.
Ferguson believes that Chelsea have been obsessed with winning the Champions League since Roman Abramovich took over at Stamford Bridge in 2003.
The Blues have missed out on several occasions, including a defeat in the final to United, on penalties in Moscow three years ago.
Shakhtar virtually out of contention
Kiev: Pep Guardiola faces a delicate balancing act away to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, making sure to guard against unpleasant surprises while a double-header against Real Madrid looms on the horizon.
Barca hold a comfortable 5-1 quarter-final, first-leg advantage that has them on the brink of the last four of the Champions League, but their coach is desperate to avoid any sense of relaxation among his players.
Guardiola described this Champions League clash as "a unique opportunity to strike a decisive blow," after his side came back to beat lowly Almeria 3-1 at home in the La Liga on Saturday.