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Lampard: We can beat Barca

FRANK LAMPARD is convinced Chelsea have the beating of Barcelona if they reproduce the display that saw them thrash Tottenham 5-1 to reach the FA Cup final.

The Blues finally delivered a performance to give Barca cause for concern last night, three days before the teams meet in a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's chances against the all-conquering Spanish and European champions were written off the moment the draw was made, but Lampard said: "From the start of every game, it's 50-50.

"Barcelona are favourites because of the players they have in their team but if we play like we did against Spurs in the two games then we will have a chance.

"It gives us confidence. We have to carry that on. There's no point in resting on that because the game on Wednesday's huge.

"We need to take that into the Champions League games and all the rest of our league games. Any team's beatable. They are the best, but we can't show too much fear.

"We have to take them on and I think we can do it."

Yesterday's victory came at a cost, however, with Chelsea today sweating over a potential defensive injury crisis.

David Luiz was due to undergo a scan to determine whether he had any chance of playing in Wednesday night's clash in west London after being carried off on a stretcher with a hamstring injury.

Replacement Gary Cahill also left Wembley with a foot problem, from which he appeared to have more chance of recovering than Luiz.

With captain John Terry still playing through the pain of broken ribs, caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo could be down to one fully fit centre-half in Branislav Ivanovic, who is available despite his domestic suspension.

Di Matteo's decision to play his strongest team yesterday paid off handsomely in terms of the result but was always going to be a risk three days before the visit of Barca.

He said of Luiz's chance of being available: "It looks to be doubtful."

Didier Drogba, who scored a spectacular opening goal yesterday, also left the field with a hamstring problem and Di Matteo added: "We've picked up some bruises and niggly injuries, so it's a matter of assessing the team."

The Italian was confident those who played yesterday could manage another game within three days during Chelsea's punishing end to the season.

Fit

"The boys are looking quite fit at the moment," he said. "I was just focusing and concentrating on this game to go to the final."

Yesterday's win was Chelsea's ninth in 12 outings since Di Matteo took charge.

He said: "It's good to keep this positive momentum going.

"We go into the Barcelona game with confidence now.

"It'll be a different kind of game.

"But winning brings that positivity within the team. It makes everybody feel better.

"It's not always been like that, our finishing. We were ruthless."


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