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Champions League final qualification still in Barcelona's hands, insists Mascherano

Javier Mascherano argued that Barcelona should not dwell on the disappointment of Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat by Chelsea, claiming that qualification remains within the Catalans' hands.

The Blaugrana dominated the game in west London and created a succession of clear-cut chances but were punished for their profligacy by Didier Drogba, who popped up with the winner just before the break, and Mascherano says they must now focus on making amends at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

"No regrets," the Argentine told reporters. "This is the result and now it just depends on us. It's in our hands.

"We have to try to win knowing that we cannot grant them any opportunities to score a goal.

"We have to keep our concentration in order to protect our goal and thus give the forwards freedom to attack and score."

Before tackling Chelsea in the return leg in Catalunya, Barca will host Real Madrid in a crucial La Liga clash on Saturday evening.