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Revenge off the menu for Chelsea and United

Neither Carlo Ancelotti nor Sir Alex Ferguson believes 2008 has any bearing as Chelsea FC take on Manchester United FC, although the former says victory would help his club "grow".

Revenge off the menu for Chelsea and United
Revenge off the menu for Chelsea and United ©UEFA.com

Carlo Ancelotti and Sir Alex Ferguson both played down the significance of Manchester United FC's victory against Chelsea FC in the 2008 UEFA Champions League final as their sides prepare to renew acquaintances in the quarter-finals, although the former acknowledges victory would be a big step in the "history" of his club. Sir Alex, meanwhile, welcomes back some key defensive personnel and is aiming to take the initiative ahead of next week's return in Manchester.

Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea manager
We have to play 180 minutes so obviously we want to start well, but everything will be settled at Old Trafford. Nothing will be decided tomorrow. It'll be different playing United in the Champions League. We have very good confidence and are concentrated. We want to reach the semi-final if possible; if we play better than United we can do that.

[The 2008 final] is the past and doesn't matter. I have a good record against United but we want to focus on the next game and that will be a different story. We're in good shape. We have to play against a fantastic team, but we have the confidence to do our best. For many years Chelsea have been very close to winning the Champions League and they have the players to win it. Unfortunately they were not good at those moments, but hopefully this season we will have better luck.

The Champions League is not an obsession; it is the most important competition in the world and it's fantastic. I told my players that we have to be happy because every player and manager in the world wants to be involved in matches like this. You have to be happy to have that chance but you want to win also. This type of game can grow your history as a club, so it's important we progress.

Sir Alex Ferguson, United manager
We had a two-legged game against Arsenal two years ago, which was the first time we've seen [an all-English tie] and we tried to approach it in the way we usually would away from home in Europe. This is different because we're away first, but the name of the game is to hopefully go back to Old Trafford with a goal or two in our pocket. It won't change our attitude in trying to win the match, but we want to make sure we go back there with a great chance of qualifying. If we get some advantage we'll be very difficult to beat on our own ground.

I was very happy to get the second leg at home, it will be a quite magnificent atmosphere and the fans will be really up for it. When Old Trafford's like that it's a wonderful place to be. Hopefully we'll go back with something to defend, but we keep making amazing things happen there. The Champions League is definitely [Chelsea]'s driving force, so it will be a difficult game. We used to have a fantastic record in London. The last few years have been poor, but we've played well mostly and we need to work on getting that record back, starting here.

Moscow was a really good final. Penalties is always a sore one for the team that loses, but when you win a European final you don't care how you do it; winning means everything, you've gone so far and through so many moments of emotion to get there. It was a great achievement for our club because it was the third time we'd won it. I don't believe players think about revenge. The motivation to win this game is greater than thinking about a match three years ago.

Team news
Alex has been out with a knee injury since 28 November but Yossi Benayoun is available again after recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in September. He came on for the last 20 minutes of Israel's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying victory win against Georgia on 29 March.

Manchester United
Park Ji-Sung (hamstring) and Michael Owen (groin) returned to the reckoning on Saturday and Sir Alex confirmed Jonny Evans, John O'Shea, Rafael and Wes Brown are all available. He is not sure if, after a week's training, Rio Ferdinand is ready to return after two months out. Darren Fletcher missed Tuesday's training with a virus while Wayne Rooney sat out part of the session due to a bruised shin although Sir Alex said: "I'm sure he'll be fit".

Weekend results
Saturday: Stoke City FC 1-1 Chelsea
(Walters 8; Drogba 33)
Didier Drogba's first goal in 11 games helped Chelsea stretch their unbeaten run to eight matches, winning four and drawing four since losing to Liverpool FC on 6 February. The Ivorian international also hit the woodwork twice, as did Stoke, but neither side could force a winner.

Saturday: West Ham United FC 2-4 United
(Noble 11pen 25 pen; Rooney 65 73 79pen, Hernández 84)
Rooney struck his first hat-trick since January 2010, moving to 101 Premier League goals for the club, as Sir Alex's side came from 2-0 down to claim a fourth successive win. It was only United's second victory in six away games in all competitions.

Did you know?
The clubs first met in London in the old English second division in April 1906, a 1-1 draw, and it took Chelsea eight attempts to record their first home win in the fixture.

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