The 26-year-old scored a late winner for Chelsea to position them on the brink of advancing to the Europa League final, but is asking his teammates to remain cautious.
Fenerbahce struck the woodwork thrice before making a late breakthrough opposite their Portuguese opponents when Egemen Korkmaz finally found the net with just 18 minutes to the final whistle.
The Turkish club are seeking to get qualified for their first ever European final, but will remain cautious of Jorge Jesus’ squad.
The 32-year-old forward thinks that his side and Galatasaray have shown that the Turkish sides are at par with other Europe’s elite clubs.
The 47-year-old coach says his team will play their return-leg as if it was a final, but cited Galatasaray’s 3-2 victory against Real Madrid as evidence that the tie is not over just yet.
After Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late leveler saved his side from humiliation at White Hart Lane, Andre Villas-Boas will seek to step up their game as his injury-riddled team journey to Switzerland.
Alan Pardew’s men enter the second-leg of the quarter final fixture opposite the Portuguese club with a two-goal deficit that they must overturn if they are to advance to the next round.
Awash with oil money, Russian football is attracting some of the best players in the game and nowhere is that more evident than Makhachkala where the 146th richest man in the world is building a team of Galacticos.
The Eagles trainer was quick to admit that his team’s performance in Istanbul was below-par, but said that they were tired following a derby game during the weekend.
After defeating Tottenham in a resounding manner in the quarter-finals the hosts will be seeking to overpower Rafa Benitez’s men, who are focused elsewhere.
The first-leg fixtures of the semi finals are set to take place on April 25, while the return matches will be decided after a week, on May 2.
Papiss Cisse instilled hope in the Toon on 71 minutes after being refused twice by the match official’s flag, but their hopes were dashed by Eduardo Salvio’s late clinical finish.
The Magpies need to defeat the Portuguese outfit by two clear points at least to advance in the Europa League, a massive task that has been accomplished only by the Catalan powerhouses do date this campaign.
The Istanbul side produced a convincing 2-0 win in the first leg of the Europa League quarter final tie, which means Vladimir Petkovic’s men should have to come up with an equally resounding response to advance.
Scores from Victor Moses and Fernando Torres in the first-leg permits Rafa Benitez’s squad a slight leeway as they travel to the Russian capital.