Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that the club are extremely happy that both Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba are coming into form at just the right stage in the season.
Didier Drogba showed that he is still one of the greatest strikers in the world by scoring the winning goal against Barcelona a few weeks ago. Fernando Torres, meanwhile, showed that he has not forgotten how to finish after scoring a wonderful hat-trick in the 6-1 victory over QPR during the weekend. This now means that Torres has now scored seven goals in his last 11 appearances for Chelsea.
The form of both the strikers is extremely encouraging for goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is also looking like his old self in the last few weeks. Cech made a number of crucial saves against Barcelona to keep Chelsea in the match.
Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has said that his side needs to give one more perfect game when they face Barcelona in the second leg Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night at the Camp Nou.
Chelsea come into the match having won the first leg at home 1-0.
Even though Barcelona still remain the favourites to qualify for the Champions League final, Chelsea have certainly given them a chance of getting back to the final stage after a gap of four years.
Prior to the first leg encounter between the two clubs, Roberto di Matteo said that Chelsea needed two perfect games against Barcelona in order to have any chance of progressing ahead of the team, which many believe to be the best in the world right now.
Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou has said that the club will be looking at the possibility of making it on to the Champions League final at the Allianz Arena this season by beating Barcelona in the semifinals by taking advantage of the defensive frailties that the Spanish club have shown this season.
This is certainly not the vintage Barcelona side that we have come to see in recent seasons. They are currently second in the Spanish league at the moment, with a massive six-point advantage separating them from leaders Real Madrid. Salomon Kalou has been crucial for Chelsea in the last few weeks after he scored against Benfica in the away leg.
Fernando Torres finally broke his poor run of form in front of goal by scoring two goals against Leicester City during the weekend.
Chelsea were playing Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Chelsea interim manager Roberto di Matteo decided to use Fernando Torres in place of Didier Drogba with a view of using the 34-year-old Ivorian striker for the match against Manchester City midweek. Even though the FA Cup was extremely crucial for Chelsea, qualifying for the Champions League next season is the number one priority. Fernando Torres has not found the back of the net in more than 24 hours of football. Hence, Roberto di Matteo decided to use the Spaniard for the Leicester City match.
Chelsea captain John Terry has said that the players are the reason for Andre Villas-Boas' exit from the club.
Chelsea recently sacked the Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas, for whom they paid £ 13 million for FC Porto in the summer.
It is thought that the whole Andre Villas-Boas experiment could have caused Chelsea around £ 30 million in total. However, the inexperienced Portuguese manager was at Chelsea only for 257 days. Even though his sacking has not created the shockwaves due to the fact that it was expected by many, John Terry has said that players are responsible for this sacking.
Chelsea are searching for their eighth manager in as many seasons under Roman Abramovich. Even though many have criticised the hiring and sacking of managers by the Russian, there seems to be a cold-blooded stance from the Russian. Managers who perform are kept on, while managers who do not perform are sacked.