Anelka ready for United test

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Nicolas Anelka knows Chelsea will have their work cut out if they are to progress to the semi-final of the Champions League.

Chelsea face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday in the first leg of their quarter-final contest, which means a side from the Barclays Premier League will be represented in the final four of Europe's premier club competition.

The victor of the two-legged last eight clash between Chelsea and United seems almost too tight to call with the Blues on the road to recovery after a couple of months in the doldrums and the Red Devils continuing to grind out results with metronomic consistency.

Chelsea did come out on top in a recent league meeting between the two rivals at the Bridge but 32-year-old Anelka isn't taking anything for granted.


"We know them but I don't think it's a good draw because they are a good team and difficult to beat with a lot of quality players," said the French striker.

"But, if you want to win the Champions League you have to beat good teams.

"These two games with Manchester United will feel like Premier League games, we have already played them in so many games so these will be the same, and we will just have to see what happens."

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