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Do Chelsea really have a mental block against Liverpool?

Rafael Benitez certainly seems to be suggesting that this is the case ahead of tonight’s big Champions League clash at Anfield. However, isn’t it just the case that Liverpool have edged both of their previous semi-final clashes when it could have easily gone the other way? After all, last season the Reds only won on a penalty shoot-out, not what you would call a convincing victory. The Guardian report that the Spaniard suggests the next week could pose psychological problems for their opponents.

The Liverpool manager said: “For me it would be an incentive [losing to the same opponent twice before] but for them maybe it is a psychological problem. I think they have enough experience and quality in the squad though. I don’t think they will have a problem coming to Anfield and dealing with the atmosphere. They can manage so we must create more problems for them.”

If Liverpool do manage to progress to a third Champions League final in four seasons, you could say that they had the Indian sign over the Blues in this competition. However, Chelsea will point to the fact that they have home advantage this time around, which could instead give them the crucial edge. With a new manager at the helm and several new players since the previous two occasions, Benitez’s argument could blow up in his face.

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