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Alves: Fear beat Blues in last Barca semi

BARCELONA star Dani Alves has claimed Chelsea blew their chance to reach the 2009 Champions League final because of fear and not because of Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.

Ahead of tomorrow night's semi-final first leg between the two sides, Alves has re-opened wounds from the controversial clash three years ago, when Chelsea claimed they were robbed of a final place.

Chelsea's then-boss Guus Hiddink claimed Ovrebo's performance was "the worst I have ever seen" by a referee, and Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa were both sanctioned for protesting at the final whistle.


But Alves said: "There is no doubt that was the hardest game we've played, but a team with a man advantage playing at home and winning should have attacked us more.

"People say Chelsea should have won but for the referee, but that is not our problem. We were there to try to get to the final. Chelsea did not reach the final because of fear."

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, whose stoppage-time strike in 2009 earned Barca a 1-1 draw and sent them through to the final on away goals, is anticipating another tough night against Chelsea -- and is hoping for a similar outcome to that result at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international said: "Undoubtedly their desire to beat us and be in the Champions League final will be significant.

"We hope that things will turn out well for us again this time.

"We are going there with the intention of winning, to have a good game and commit as few mistakes as possible, as in the Champions League they are very costly. We always go out to win. We know that it is a knockout tie and there is a return game, but our only intention is to win.

"They are very dangerous, very intense, and that will by multiplied in their stadium due to the atmosphere. We are expecting a very tough tie."