Slavia Prague made life difficult for Chelsea as the Blues laboured hard to get a 1-0 win away from home in the first leg tie.
Slavia were by far the better side in the first-half, and the Czech side proved they are no pushovers and their performance showed why they defeated Sevilla in the round of 16.
Although Chelsea won the first leg of the quarterfinal Europa League clash against the Czech Republic side, it was a difficult test for the Blues, and probably the toughest match we’ve played in the Europa League this season.
Slavia boss Jindrich Trpisovsky believes his side were unlucky to have lost the game in Prague, and speaking ahead of the second leg tie at Stamford Bridge, he has promised war for Chelsea and plans to emulate Ajax giant-killing victory over Juventus.
“Ajax winning is a miracle, and if we can go through now as well that will be another miracle,” said Trpisovsky.
“I am very impressed by Chelsea. We were really stunned and the whole environment here, and this is a great experience. The quality is just unreal, it’s like being on a different planet.
“Obviously we don’t have that in the Czech Republic. I am very grateful that we can be here, and that we’re playing here. We’re going to war tomorrow, so we’ve got to be ready.”
Olivier Giroud who featured in that clash has warned Chelsea to exoect another difficult game at the Bridge.
He said: “We were very impressed by their quality and intensity. You get used to it in the Premier League, but honestly the first half was very tough. They put a lot of pressure on us, good pressing all over the pitch, so it was a very tough.
“In the second half we had more possession and controlled the game, but they were still dangerous from counters. So we know what kind of team we will face tomorrow. They are not going to give up, and that’s why we are still cautious about this game.”