Just 5 weeks since our last trip to Stamford Bridge Patrice Evra called for the team to focus in order to beat Chelsea at the Bridge for the first time in 9 years:
“It is something very strange.
“Always we have the sensation we have played very well against Chelsea. In the end, at Stamford Bridge we always lose.
“Five weeks ago, there was only one team on the pitch. One year ago, we lost to a strange decision.
“The key is our concentration. We can play better than them but we must concentrate until the last minute.”
Revenge has been a predominant theme in the build up to the game and whilst much has been made of the game 5 weeks ago, Chelsea also have demons to exorcise after we beat them in the Champions League final in Moscow in 2008. Despite this Sir Alex disagrees and thinks that won’t play on the minds of the Chelsea team,
“I don’t believe players think about revenge.
“Something that happened three years ago goes out of your mind quite quickly.
“The main ambition for any team is to win the cup. The motivation is greater to the match than to think about what happened in the past.”
Interestingly Sir Alex pointed to just one major difference from that rainy night in the Luzhniki Stadium when we last lifted the trophy:
“There is one major difference – there is no Ronaldo. He was a fantastic player.”