Champions League desire never diluted says Ferguson

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned European rivals Chelsea that no team wants to win the Champions League more than his.

The Red Devils boss was speaking ahead of tonight’s quarter final first leg clash at Old Trafford – a repeat of the league fixture played out just five weeks ago which resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Blues.

And Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping that history repeats itself as he looks to bring the European crown back to Stamford Bridge for the first time in the club's history.

"There is no question that winning the Champions League is the driving force for Roman Abramovich. He wants that most," said Ferguson.

"They will be desperate to win it – but no more desperate than we are. They have got us in the road so it won’t be easy for them."


Having won the competition three times already – twice in the modern format, with the most recent 2008 victory coming over Chelsea in a tightly contested encounter that was decided by a penalty shoot-out.

But the Manchester United legend is of the belief that the club have delivered a poor return for their European endeavours and Sir Alex is hoping this year will bring more success.

United remain fully focused on the task at hand, and will not be distracted by their pursuit of a record 19th league title, or the tantalising FA Cup semi-final encounter with noisy neighbours Manchester City in ten days time.

Ferguson says his squad have a huge hunger and desire for success, and will be taking it a game at a time.

The current focus is firmly on Chelsea in the Champions League, and Sir Alex believes that Manchester United have a realistic chance of success in tonight’s outing.

"In the last few games, we have had terrible decisions against us. We had a fantastic record at Chelsea for many years but lately it’s been poor in terms of results.

"There's nothing really between the teams. On any given day, if you've got the breaks, that team will win."

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