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We deserved a change of luck - Cech

By Steven Beacom

Published 23/04/2008

Chelsea hero Petr Cech said today that the Blues deserved their luck at Anfield in a dramatic Champions League clash at Anfield.

With Chelsea trailing 1-0, Cech made stunning saves to deny Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard and effectively keep his side in the tie.

Then from 100 yards away he watched with delight as John Arne Riise scored an own goal to give the visitors a priceless 1-1 draw which could be telling by the time the final whistle blows at Stamford Bridge in the second leg next week.

Cech said: "We've had a lucky goal but to be fair we've played until the last seconds and showed great character, so I think we deserved our bit of luck.

"Going 1-0 down made it tough for us, so it was a great effort from us."

Referring to Chelsea feeling they were unfortunate in their two previous Champions League semi-final defeats at Anfield, Cech added: "We've been quite unlucky here the last two semi-finals so there was a change this time."

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard hailed Cech's contribution, saying: " He was fantastic. Big Pete's, for us, the best goalkeeper in the world and he showed that."

Before the second leg, Chelsea meet Manchester United at the Bridge in what is a Premiership decider. Avram Grant is expected to continue with Didier Drogba up front, even though he is not considered fully fit. Last night Drogba was constantly jeered by the Liverpool fans, who felt he fell to the ground much too easily.

Belfast Telegraph

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