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Chelsea boss planning 'something special' for United

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Carlo Ancelotti knows Chelsea must beat Manchester United on Tuesday if they have any hopes of saving their season - or if the Italian wants to keep his job.

Speculation is rife that Roman Abramovich could cut Ancelotti loose if the campaign ends without silverware - and the Champions League is the only trophy the Blues can realistically win this season.

Ancelotti saw his side limp past Wigan on the Barclays Premier League on Saturday, and now says he has 'something special' up is sleeve as Chelsea travel to Old Trafford to attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

"I will watch [the defeat against United at Stamford Bridge] two or three times," he said. "I want to try to do something special for the next game."

Yossi Benayoun could be in contention to start tomorrow's quarter-final second leg clash after returning to action at the weekend for the first time since September.

The Israeli playmaker is hoping to play some part in Manchester and believes a win for Chelsea will transform their faltering year.

"From here, it's most likely we'll finish in the top three or four and be in the Champions League next season. That's almost done," said Benayoun. "The only thing left is to try to win a trophy and the only trophy we can win is the Champions League.




 

"If we win this game, it will change everything. I'm sure that if we beat United we'll go to the end and win the trophy. It is our final.

"People think they're almost through because they won away,

"It was an important goal but when you play English team against English team, I don't think the away goal is as much of an advantage as it normally would be in Europe.

"It's 1-0, a small advantage, because we have proved we can score at Old Trafford. Normally, they like to attack at home but they might stay a bit deeper to protect the lead. This might work better for us.

"United deserve respect. They're a big team but we have the belief we can do it. We can win there."

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