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Russians target points in return fixture

Spartak Moscow boss Valery Karpin has claimed his side were "scared" of Chelsea after the Russian side crashed to a 2-0 Champions League defeat to the English champions on Tuesday.

Spartak were put to the sword by a wonder goal from Yuri Zhirkov and a strike from Nicolas Anelka in the opening 45 minutes.

And Karpin claims his side's poor first half performance was too much to recover from on the night.

"We had two different halves," Karpin told reporters.

"I spoke to the players in the dressing room and realised my team were a bit scared of Chelsea in the first half.

"We conceded two goals in the first period and only had the fighting spirit after half-time. It was not enough."

Despite being outclassed by the English champions, Karpin is hopeful the Russians will get something from the return fixture in Stamford Bridge.

"We will focus on the re-match in London and produce good football there and get some points."
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