Champions League: Derby win could spur us on - Petit

Emmanuel Petit insisted Chelsea must not give up hope of a Champions League place as he warned Tottenham to expect no respite tonight from last weekend’s heavy FA Cup defeat.

Emmanuel Petit insisted Chelsea must not give up hope of a Champions League place as he warned Tottenham to expect no respite tonight from last weekend’s heavy FA Cup defeat.

Chelsea take on Spurs at Stamford Bridge in a rearranged Barclaycard Premiership game just three days after overpowering them 4-0 in their cup quarter-final tie at White Hart Lane.

That victory gave Chelsea a measure of revenge for their own 5-1 humiliation in the Worthington Cup semi-final second leg in January.

However, Petit, who had admitted he felt ashamed in the wake of that result, insists that the Blues have not yet fully achieved revenge.

That will only be achieved if they give fresh impetus to their inconsistent challenge for a top-four finish by closing an eight-point gap between them in sixth place and fourth-placed Newcastle in their game in hand.

Petit said: ‘‘It was not just me who felt so bad after that defeat at Tottenham, it was the whole team.

‘‘We had to come back very well and we did that but although one semi-final is very good, we have another very difficult game against Tottenham.

‘‘We must concentrate on all our league games now, not just on the cup, and we’re not giving up on the Champions League.’’

Chelsea at least have no fresh injury problems, although Jesper Gronkjaer must see whether he can start a second game in four days so soon after his comeback from knee surgery.

While John Terry and Boudewijn Zenden are still out, Mario Stanic is available after suspension and Chelsea can also boast the in-form strikeforce of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Gudjohnsen’s two goals at White Hart Lane ensured both strikers have passed the 20-goal milestone this season, the first Chelsea duo to manage that feat since Kerry Dixon and Kevin Wilson in 1989-90.

Gudjohnsen told Chelsea TV: ‘‘We were really up for revenge and we will be just as fired up again now. There is no danger of us going easy simply because we have knocked Tottenham out of the cup.

‘‘Our ambition is still to get into the Champions League this season and, for that, we need every point we can get.’’

Defender William Gallas, who has recently returned to the side after injury, was also back to his best form against Spurs after an indifferent display against Fulham, and even scored his first goal for the club.

Coach Claudio Ranieri, who also insists Graeme Le Saux should be playing for England, revealed: ‘‘After a long injury, it was good for William’s confidence as he had told me after the previous game that he had not played well.

‘‘I told him not to worry about that so I’m very happy for his goal. Against Tottenham, all the defenders played very well and were compact.’’

Gallas, who speaks only broken English, added: ‘‘I’m happy for myself and for the team because it was a difficult game. I was just at the right position at the right time.’’

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