UEFA Champions League

Season 3 Episode 17

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (1st leg season 2007/08)

Aired Unknown Apr 22, 2008 on Sky Sports



  • Trivia

    • The same three English sides (Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United) played in the semi-finals for the second season in a row. The only team that was not in the previous season's semi-finals was Barcelona. This semi-final line-up meant that there would be an English team in the final for the fourth season in a row.

  • Quotes

    • Rafael Benitez: (On Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea>/i>) It is difficult to understand what happened – there were 94 or 95 minutes on the clock. I was really surprised and of course very disappointed with the own goal – these kind of bouncing balls are very difficult to deal with. The reaction in the dressing room afterwards was one of great disappointment. The only thing we can do now is be positive and think about the next game. We now need to go there and win. It's not easy to create chances in these games but we had three clear chances to score and I am disappointed we did not take them. We have to change our mindset now and be positive for the return at Stamford Bridge. My confidence is based on watching the team today. We were on top for a lot of the game – especially at the start of the second half. With a bit of luck we can do it.

    • Avram Grant: (On Chelsea's 1-1 draw in Liverpool) We have conceded a lot of late goals recently so I think we deserved to get one ourselves. I hope we will say next week that this was an important goal. It was a game without many chances – typical for a semi-final. They had one or two and we did too. But a 1-1 draw away from home is always a good result. Anfield is a very difficult place to play but it is not easy for teams to play at Stamford Bridge either – we also have good supporters. Both goals tonight came from mistakes. I felt we had control of the game until we made a mistake and they scored. Petr Cech was unlucky for the goal but he did well and made one very good save – but that's Petr, we're used to it. I think this result gives us an advantage but I know it will be another tough game next week. From day one I knew that Chelsea needed to be in the Champions League final. The 1-1 draw hasn't promised us a place in the final but it's a great result and a big step for us. The final is in Moscow but I think Roman would be just as happy for us to play it in Mongolia.

  • Notes

    • - John Arne Riise's own goal came in the 5th minute of Injury Time. The official had given 4minutes of Injury time.

    • - Dirk Kuyt had scored the decisive penalty in the last Chelsea vs. Liverpool meeting in Semi Final and scored again the first goal during this match.

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