Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has admitted the Red Devils hope to emulate Chelsea’s shock Champions League win back in 2012.
The Blues were not favourites to win the Champions League back in 2012. Chelsea sacked Andre Villas-Boas after dropping out of the top four and losing the first leg of the round of 16 clash of the Champions League 3-1 to Napoli. The Blues won the second leg at Stamford Bridge 4-1 and went on to win the Champions League, beating Barcelona in the semifinal and Bayern Munich in the final.
Chelsea replaced Villas-Boas with club legend Roberto Di Matteo as caretaker boss and Herrera is drawing inspiration from Chelsea after Manchester United replaced Jose Mourinho with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Herrera told El Periódico de Aragón: “In the league we are fighting for the third place and they eliminated us in the quarter-finals of the Cup.
“The Champions League we are there, without going crazy, but we remember that Di Matteo’s Chelsea, who were not the favourites and were champions after many problems that year.”
Manchester United will face a huge quarter-final task against Barcelona, hosting the first leg at Old Trafford on April 10 before the second leg six days later.
Meanwhile, Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been urged to add more goals to his game.
“Well if Bayern Munich are in for you, I think you’re all that,” former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke said, according to Daily Express.
“That’s fair to say, he’s a real talent.
“What he’s got is exceptional pace, he’s a natural winger that can go both ways actually.
“He can play on the left, he can play on the right.
“So when he’s in one on one situations he’s incredibly tricky to defend against, and he delivers good quality from wide areas.
“What he also did for the England junior teams at major tournaments is that he played off of the main striker as well.
“So basically in essence he can play left wing, right wing, in-behind the front man.
“And when he does so he’s direct, he’s positive, he’s skilful.
“He probably lack a few goals but that might come as the years go by.
“But he’s a talent that I think has the potential to certainly be the equal of Jadon Sancho, and we all know how good he is.”