Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson: Champions League is driving force for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

Scot believes the Russian oligarch's January spending proves that Europe's elite competition is the London club's top target, but claims his own side want to win it just as much
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says winning the Champions League is Chelsea’s top target.

The Blues host Ferguson's side in the first leg of the quarter-final tie tonight and the Scot believes that the British record purchase of Fernando Torres has showed Roman Abramovich’s ambition to dominate the European scene.

“There is no question that the Champions League is the driving force for Abramovich,” said Ferguson.

“He wants that the most. That’s why he paid £50m for Torres. They will be desperate to win the European Cup - but no more desperate than we are."

Following Spurs’ thrashing at the hands of Real Madrid, the winner of the tie looks likely to be the sole English club in the semi-finals and Ferguson knows what his team have to do to make sure it's them who progress to the final four.

“The name of the game is to go back to Old Trafford with an away goal in our pocket, hopefully even two," he added.

“Our attitude won’t change in terms of trying to win the match, but we certainly want to make sure we go back there with a live chance of qualifying.

“If we can do that and go back to Old Trafford with some kind of advantage, we will be very difficult to beat on our own ground.

“With it being an all-English tie, I was quite happy having the second leg at Old Trafford.

“There will be a magnificent atmosphere there, the fans will be really up for it and when Old Trafford is like that on these occasions it is a wonderful place to be.

“We keep doing things from impossible situations there.

“And I don’t mind that, because I know that whatever happens, when it comes to the last few minutes at Old Trafford, things can happen for us.”

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