Cech: No Nou Camp fear

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Petr Cech insists that Chelsea will not be intimidated when they travel to the Nou Camp to protect the 1-0 lead they established over Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final first leg tie last night.


Didier Drogba’s first half strike was enough to help Chelsea record a famous win last night at Stamford Bridge despite a deluge of statistics highlighting Barcelona’s dominance.


However, the Blues must travel to Barcelona and either avoid conceding or score at least a goal for themselves in order to set up a final at the Allianz Arena in May against either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.


Pep Guardiola’s side haven’t tasted defeat in their last 30 games at the Nou Camp while they have scored 104 goals and conceded just 16.


However, Chelsea haven’t lost against the reigning European champions in their last six meetings, and Cech believes they are capable of upsetting the odds once more next week.


"We've done well in the past there and need to reproduce the same kind of performance that we did and like we have before,” he told reporters.


"It will be really important to score an away goal as well but we seem always to score there and, hopefully, we can replicate that."


Cech was in excellent form as he helped Chelsea frustrate a team many believe are the finest club side of all time.


The Czech shot-stopper saved well from Carles Puyol in the dying minutes to deny Barca a crucial away goal, and Cech believes a similarly bloody-minded performance will be required in the second leg in order for the west London side to secure their place in the final.


He added: "This performance was all about the focus and concentration, to stay disciplined all the time and not give them space, even though you could run for three minutes and not see the ball. We had to fight from the first to the last minute.


“We've done the maximum we could do against such a great side.


"We've had some good results against them in the past and used that experience again. We made it really tight, but will have to play the same way in the second leg."

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