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Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 15 - By IAN WIN­ROW

showed how they can make the break­through against Napoli.

He said: “The games are re­ally tight when teams are play­ing against us and it is re­ally dif­fi­cult to score goals.


“They de­fend with 11 play­ers be­hind the ball so it is very hard but when we have clever play­ers with a lot of creativ­ity like Juan, and like Lamps who is al­ways in­volved in my goals, it is al­ways bet­ter to play with them.

“We all know what we have to do. We know what An­dre was try­ing to teach us was very good.

“But we also have to have the de­sire, the courage and the speed dur­ing the game and the in­ten­sity of the game had to im­prove.

“That is what we are try­ing to do now, we are try­ing to play quicker, to run, to do some move­ment even with­out the ball.

“It is dif­fi­cult when we have been strug­gling to do that in the last few months and it is go­ing to take time, but I hope it’s go­ing to come of­ten.” Mata ad­mits it is do or die against the Serie A out­fit – and promised to hit Napoli hard from the off.

The Spa­niard (left) said: “Wed­nes­day is like a final and we have to win at least 2-0.

“I think we can do it, we’re con­fi­dent af­ter Satur­day and we’ll try to give 100 per cent to qual­ify.

“In foot­ball noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble and at Stam­ford Bridge we have had good re­sults in the Cham­pi­ons League.

“From the first minute we have to try to cre­ate chances to score.

“We know they have very good strik­ers and we have to be care­ful with them, but we will press from the first minute.”

And mid­fielder Ramires be­lieves Chelsea did enough in Naples to show they can pull off a win.

He said: “We had our chances to score there and we didn’t take them.

“But I think if we play well, we will have lots more op­por­tu­ni­ties to score at home.

“I don’t think it’s too dif­fi­cult to score two at home – or even more.”

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