|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Wednesday, 08 April 2009 08:27|
UEFA Champions League action has now reached the Quarter finals stage with Leg 1 action taking place April 8. UEFA Champions League fans will have one of the most intense and bitter rivalries in the entire soccer world taking place in the Quarter finals between Liverpool and Chelsea.
UEFA Champions League bettors are as familiar with this rivalry as the players are. This is the fifth consecutive season that Liverpool and Chelsea have met in UEFA Champions League competition. Last year Chelsea won a thriller over Liverpool on a last minute goal by John Arne Riise.
So this year in the Quarter finals the tables have been turned and it is Liverpool who is seeking UEFA Champions League revenge rather than Chelsea, who had suffered two heartbreaking UEFA Champions League losses to Liverpool in 2005 and 2007.
Liverpool is coming off back to back UEFA Champions League wins over Real Madrid. They first defeated Real Madrid 1-0 on February 25 with Yossi Shai Benayoun scoring the only goal of the game. Goalkeeper Jose Manuel Reina Paez got the shutout.
Liverpool then clinched a berth into the UEFA Champions League Quarter finals with a 4-0 win on March 10. Three different Liverpool players scored goals, (Fernando Jose Torres Sanz, Steven Gerrard with 2, and Andrea Dossena). Jose Manuel Reina Paez was again perfect in goal. Liverpool has a record in the competition of 4 wins, 2 draws, and 0 losses.
Chelsea earned their UEFA Champions League advance in the knockout round over Juventus. The first win was on February 25 by a score of 1-0 as Didier Drogba got the only score and Petr Cech got the shutout in goal.
In the UEFA Champions League knock out round rematch between the teams on March 10 the teams played to a 2-2 draw. Michael Essien and Didier Drogba scored for Chelsea and Cech allowed 2 goals on 6 shots. Chelsea has a record in the competition of 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
Liverpool's Gerrard is one of the top players in UEFA Champions League action as he has 7 goals to lead the league.
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