Chelsea have a massive game against Barcelona in tonight’s Champions League semi-final and then have to face Arsenal at the Emirates this coming weekend, but Johann Djourou says that the Gunners can’t just assume that Chelsea will be tired and take it easy against Arsenal.
He said: “They still want to have Champions League football next season as well so we know it is going to be a tough game,”
“Obviously they have a lot of fixtures, the two Barcelona games are [either side of Saturday's derby] but we don’t really concentrate on that. We have to be focused on our game and be focused on what we do best.
“We need to play football the way we did against Manchester City and Wolves, that is the sort of situation we have to get back into. We have to show that again. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case against Wigan but we have to be sure it is there on Saturday.”
Arsenal are still favourites for the Third Champions League spot ahead of this weekends game, and Djourou knows that another win will be a massive step to cement their place in that position.
“Of course we are and we would rather be in that situation,” he said. “It was a disappointing result, we know that, and now we have to dig in and just go forward because Saturday is around the corner and we have to make sure we are ready for that.”
I know that there are still a few games after this one against Chelsea, but this one is really a cup final as it could put our neighbours out of the race for Third Place and take us one step closer to safety…..