Cech upbeat ahead of United tie

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is adamant that the Blues' domestic record over Champions League quarter-final opponents Manchester United gives them the advantage heading into their first-leg meeting on Wednesday.

The Barclays Premier League champions have lost just one of their last six league meetings between the two sides, a run that continued after last month's victory at Stamford Bridge.

United beat Chelsea on penalties in the 2008 final, but Cech believes that it's his side's league record that gives them the edge.

"We still go into that game with confidence because our record against Manchester United in recent years is very good, especially at home," said Cech.

"We go into the game thinking it could be the advantage, playing at home, and if we get a good result we'll be in a good position going to Old Trafford.

"I think it will be an advantage that we know their players and their team.


"Going to Old Trafford for the second game we will not discover anything new. We've played there many times and won there last season, so we can be positive."

Cech saved Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty in that 2008 shoot-out, but misses from John Terry and Nicolas Anelka gifted Sir Alex Ferguson's side their third European Cup.

The Czech Republic international has added fuel to the fire ahead of Wednesday's first leg by insisting United were lucky in Moscow.

"Moscow was three years back now. I think they won the game – or, rather, they didn't really win it. They had more luck in the shootout than we had. So what's in the past is in the past.

"We are looking forward to the future and we hope this time it will be us who go through."

Despite their recent record over United, Carlo Ancelotti's side's preparation for the tie could have gone better, after a draw with Stoke City on Saturday, while Wednesday's visitors came from behind to beat West Ham United.


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