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We have a Real good chance, says Madrid boss; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

REAL Madrid boss Juande Ramos insists his side can overturn a 1-0 deficit at Anfield tonight and help restore the Spanish Empire.

The former Spurs boss believes beating Liverpool in the last 16 showdown second leg can help rebuild Real's global prestige.

The nine-times winners have not made it to the final since 2002 and have gone out at the this stage in the past three seasons, and Ramos is determined to change that.

He said: "If we turn this result around it will restore some of our prestige and take the club closer to another final which is what is expected here.

"The players have told me they will treat it like the final itself and they are ready to sweat blood to eliminate Liverpool.

"The first leg was a totally undeserved win but we are only halfway and we are confident we can turn things around."

Real had a 10-game winning run ended with a 1-1 derby draw with Atletico on Sunday.

Raul, the all time leading European Cup scorer, says Real will be inspired not intimidated by the Anfield atmosphere.

Raul, who has watched matches at Anfield as a fan and guest of the 22 strong Spanish contingent at the club, said: "It is a spectacular atmosphere here. We are looking forward very much to it. We hope we find inspiration from the noise and atmosphere."

The Reds will make late fitness decisions on Fernando Torres, Alvaro Arbeloa and Daniel Agger for the match. They are unbeaten in eight Champions League games at Anfield but have not won any of their last six home matches against Spanish sides.

Chelsea look to defend a 1-0 first leg lead as they face Juventus in Turin tonight.

They face former boss Claudio Ranieri who admits that the Premier League has opened a cash gulf his side can not bridge.

"The Premier League is very strong but if there is inferiority it is about money not quality and that is not a complex but a circumstance," he said.

"Chelsea are a war machine as created with a lot of money."

Ranieri will start with Alessandro del Piero and David Trezeguet up front.

"We need a goal right away," he said. "We need to play like we know how and score goals."


READY TO THWART THE REDS: Real Madrid's Iker Casillas and his teammates in training yesterday
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 10, 2009
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