Eidur eyes early title win
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Eidur Gudjohnsen wants Chelsea to win the Premiership title in the next two fixtures.Eidur Gudjohnsen wants Chelsea to settle the Premiership title race before they embark on their UEFA Champions League semi-final challenge.
Jose Mourinho's men can wrap up the league title with two wins against Arsenal and Fulham in their next two fixtures after enjoying a scintillating domestic season under their Portuguese manager.
If they are crowned as Champions of England it will represent the London outfit's first league title for 50 years, and Gudjohnsen has admitted that he wants the issue to be settled before they face either Liverpool or Juventus in Europe's premier competition.
"The championship is still massively important to us and we don't want to get ahead of ourselves," said Gudjohnsen.
"It would be nice to have it wrapped up before the Champions League starts again."
After seeing off German giants Bayern Munich 6-5 on aggregate in the quarter finals spirits will undoubtedly be high at Stamford Bridge, with the possibility of a treble looking promising after already securing the Carling Cup.
Gudjohnsen enthused over the team's performance that saw them progress past the Bundesliga outfit, and insists that Chelsea deserved their spot in the next round.
"In the end it was a hard-working performance against Bayern. They are a good side but we did the hard work and deserved it, as a team we played fantastic," Gudjohnsen continued.
"We tried to help each other out. Didier came up with a goal at a crucial moment in the game.
"We were quite solid. Let's hope it will be the first Champions League final for me.
"We expected we would be under pressure but we dealt with that and I think that shows the character and strength of the team.
"We've beaten two big teams so that must say something about us."
However the 26-year-old was naturally wary of expounding on his team's chances given the heartbreak following last year's semi-final exit when they sacrificed an advantageous situation to crash out to Monaco.
Then coach Claudio Ranieri was blamed for a series of puzzling substitutions in the first leg, and Gudjohnsen has insisted that the squad have learnt from the adverse experience.
The Blues look a more solid outfit under their new boss, and the striker is hopeful that Roman Abramovich's club can claim more silverware to exorcise the demons of last season.
"I don't want to go through what I did when we lost the semi-final last season, I think last year we were very inexperienced in the Champions League.
"We made some basic errors, both the team and maybe the manager.
"As a collective we've learned a lot and taken a big step forward with the mentality and the experience the new manager has brought to us.
"Hopefully this season can make up for a lot of things whether it will be winning the league or the Champions League, either will definitely make up for it."