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Petr Cech believes Chelsea are confident of progressing to the semi-finals of the Champions League, and insists that Manchester United’s victory on penalties in Moscow three years ago was down to luck

“The records will say that won the game but they didn’t really win it,” said Cech of the game which United won after John Terry missed the decisive penalty.

“They just had more luck in the shootout than we had.”

But Chelsea are not focussing on a three year-old grudge ahead of Wednesday’s first leg at Stamford Bridge.

“What’s in the past is in the past. We are looking forward to the future and we hope this time it will be us who go through.”

“We still go into that game with confidence because our record against Manchester United in recent years is very good, especially at home.

Chelsea have beaten United in their last three Premier League meetings and United haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2002.

“We go into the game thinking it could be the advantage.

Cech believes that the Premier League leaders hold no surprises for last season’s champions.

“We know their players and their team, and going to Old Trafford we will not discover anything new.

“We’ve played there many times and won there last season, so we can be positive.”

The Champions League is Chelsea’s best hope of silverware this season after a draw at Stoke left them trailing United by 11 points in the league. But despite the disappointment of seemingly relinquishing their title, Cech thinks that Chelsea’s recent form makes them more than a match for their rivals.

“The most important thing was that, when we had the difficulties in the Premier League, we still managed to stay in the Champions League.

“We kept on progressing. No we’re in the quarter-finals, which is where we wanted to be. But in terms of progress in the Champions League, we are in a good position.

“The belief is coming back into the team and we are feeling confident because we are on a good run of results.

“The Champions League is such a special trophy but I don’t think you can compare it or wonder whether it would cover not winning the title. They are two completely different things.”

Source: Telegraph

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