Kalou hopes Champs League win will kick start title run



Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is hoping a Champions League victory against Copenhagen on Wednesday will give Chelsea’s players the impetus to kick start a late title challenge.

Chelsea lead 2-0 from the first leg away in Denmark and are overwhelming favourites to finish the job at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the league, nine points behind leaders United, but have a game in hand and still have to play the league leaders in a game that should they win would narrow the gap to just three points.

“Copenhagen can be the turning point, because going away and winning 2-0 is a great result,” said Kalou.

“Now we have the second leg at home and we will try to make it good by winning again, then we can prepare for the next round peacefully.

“However, a football match is never done, you play 90 minutes, so we have to be focused on that.

“If they reach this stage of the competition it means they’re a good team, so we have to have respect for them and play our usual game.”

The Champions League final is to be played in England at Wembley this season, and Kalou feels his teams many appearances there will help them should they make the final.

“We have played so many times at Wembley, it would be like a home game,” Kalou added.

“Imagine playing a Champions League final at home – that would be the best scenario ever.

“We are motivated, we know it is a long journey to get there, but we will take it game by game.

“It is very important to be focused, that is the only way we can get to the final.”

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