Cech admits Chelsea advantage
Petr Cech admits Chelsea are favourites for the Champions League semi-finals after a 3-1 win at Liverpool.
Last Updated: 08/04/09 10:48pm
Goalkeeper Petr Cech admits Chelsea have a "great advantage" after claiming a 3-1 win at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.
Fernando Torres gave the hosts a sixth-minute lead but two goals from Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic and a third from Didier Drogba put the Blues in total control of the tie.
Chelsea's away goals leave Liverpool needing to score at least three times in the second leg at Stamford Bridge to have any chance of reaching the last four.
"I think this is a great result," Cech told Sky Sports.
"It didn't start well for us and after a few minutes we were 1-0 down, which was the last thing we wanted, but we had a great reaction.
"Branislav scored important goals from set-plays - the second arrived at the best possible time.
"The third one, they gambled and we had space on the counter-attack. I think this is a great advantage for the home leg."
Ivanovic headed home from two corners to claim his first two goals for Chelsea.
"These are my first goals and I am very happy," he added. "We played like a team and this is great for us."
However, after an open game at Anfield, Cech warned his jubilant team-mates that there was still all to play for in next week's second leg.
"We are still at half-time and you know 3-1 is a great result at half-time, but we have to play the second half," he said.
"But now we are the favourites to go through because we have the advantage. It will be very hard for them to score three goals."