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Last Updated: Friday, 15 April, 2005, 08:27 GMT 09:27 UK
Liverpool target Chelsea revenge
Liverpool celebrate victory over Juventus.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez set his sights on revenge after clinching an all-Premiership Champions League semi-final with Chelsea.

Benitez's injury-hit side went through after a goalless draw against Juventus in Turin gave them a 2-1 aggregate win.

He said: "We have lost three times to Chelsea this season, but we have also almost won three times in two league games and in the Carling Cup final.

"We need to learn from those games and take confidence. I am very proud."

The first leg will be at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 27 April and Benitez added: "I am delighted for everyone, that was a result for our supporters."

Defender Jamie Carragher also wants revenge against Chelsea, warning: "We'll be desperate to beat them.

"All the games we've played against them have been very tight so hopefully it will go our way."

Liverpool deserved to go through because they defended the result they achieved in the opening leg and we did nothing
Fabio Capello,
Juventus coach

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry says the team have shown they can beat top-class opponents without inspirational captain Steven Gerrard.

The England midfielder, who has been the subject of constant speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea, missed the game in Turin with a groin injury.

And Parry told BBC Radio Five Live: "Steven wasn't with us last night and we proved that we can cope.

"Of course Steven has made it clear that he wants to win trophies, we've made it equally clear that we do too.

"We hope that he will be with us in the future and winning more trophies but Liverpool is much bigger than one player."

Parry paid tribute to Benitez and his players for reaching the last four, adding: "It's on a par with just about anything we've achieved in Europe.

"It's the first time we've been in the semi-finals for 20 years and everyone is delighted."

Juventus coach Fabio Capello admitted Liverpool were stubborn opposition.

He said: "I have to congratulate Rafa, tactically he was clever. He decided to play very defensively but his team followed his plans very well.

"They left us very little room to work in, there was hardly any chances and Liverpool were excellent in the way they played."

"It wasn't true what was said prior to this game that Liverpool were weaker than our previous opponents Real Madrid.

"They confirmed they are a very strong team, unbeatable in the air, they deserved to go through because they defended the result they achieved in the opening leg and we did nothing.

"I did all I could, I put out the team that I considered appropriate but Liverpool defended well. We had no space.

"I think a draw would have been a fair result in both games but I have to congratulate Rafael Benitez, because it's his team that have gone through."


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