Hamsik confident ahead of Chelsea clash

Napoli attacker Marek Hamsik has stated that his side plan to enjoy their Champions League last 16 second leg clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, and that the English side are lucky to still be in the tie.

Walter Mazzarri’s men beat Chelsea 3-1 at San Paolo in the first leg, and the Slovakian feels that the Serie A side could have put the tie to bed at home.

“Chelsea were lucky in the San Paolo. We deserved another goal at least,” he told reporters, published by Mirror Football.

“We saw the Arsenal-Milan match last week and we have to make sure that does not affect us – if we use the same tactic as Milan that would be a disaster.

“Chelsea have had problems and we need to exploit their weaknesses and doubts. We need to score and if we can do that then I believe we will go through.

“We’re going to Stamford Bridge to enjoy the game, to play and we’re confident of getting through.

“The odds are probably in our favour but it’s necessary to play with our heads, keep our composure and let the nerves affect Chelsea.

“It’s 80 per cent in our hands and we must not get caught up in the atmosphere and the euphoria. Our fans are happy, but they must understand it is not over.

“We must stay calm, work hard and sacrifice everything until the last second of the game to make sure we qualify.

“Normally, the team which controls the ball will qualify. Chelsea have big players like Lampard and Mata and they will guarantee that they will fight until the end.

“Sometimes if you make changes like Chelsea did then it can be a lottery. I’m sure Chelsea will make changes again on Wednesday but we have to be good enough to stop them,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight