Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink revealed that the red mist descended in the Blues' dressing room at half-time of their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. The Londoners - 3-1 ahead from the first-leg - were staring a shock elimination in the face after a woeful opening period display left them trailing 2-0 courtesy of a cheeky Fabio Aurelio free-kick and Xabi Alonso penalty. However, following a stern talking to at the interval, Chelsea fought back to lead 3-2 in the second half, before a crazy final nine-minutes saw Rafael Benitez's side score twice to lead 4-3, before Frank Lampard netted late on to complete a 4-4 draw on the night and 7-5 victory on aggregate. The Blues will now face Barcelona in the semi-finals. But they may not have got there had it not been for the Dutch coach's vicious half-time team-talk that woke his side up from their first-half slumber. "At half time, I got a little bit angry to be honest," he said. "It was a matter of having too much respect, we got a little angry but I got a reaction. "Of course we were worried, we wanted to kill the game off in the first half hour by scoring a goal, but we pushed too far back to our own goal. So I got a bit angry, but we responded. "We lost our tempers but the players themselves were not happy either with the way we had played. "We didn't start as we planned and we know playing against a team as skilful and tactically aware as Liverpool you cannot give them a lot of space and we gave them to much but the focus was on duels we lost too many in the first half which is another reason tactically we did not play well." NEWS: Chelsea advance after eight goal epic NEWS: Drogba - Bolton comeback played on our minds PHOTOS: Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool NEWS: Left-back dilemma for Blues in Barcelona CHELSEA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Kerry Dixon, Guus Hiddink One on One Gianfranco Zola, Nicolas Anelka Boy's A Bit Special Michael Mancienne, Scott Sinclair Perfect XI Ruud Gullit, Marcel Desailly Celebrity fans Vidal Sassoon And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Ruud Gullit on Weekend Wonders and Chelsea on Talentspotter
15 April 2009
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