Chelsea will be hoping their outstanding home record will be enough to help them overturn a two-goal deficit when they play Paris St Germain in the quarter-final, second-leg of the European Champions League on Tuesday.
Manager Jose Mourinho has never lost a quarterfinal in the competition, in his time with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and is desperate not to break that run at Stamford Bridge.
Their 3-1 defeat in Paris last week, when a last-minute goal gave PSG a two-goal cushion, made life difficult for the English side, who won the Champions League in 2012.
But it is their home form – with 15 wins out of 17 in the league this season – that gives Chelsea fans most hope.
“It’s the worst time of the season to get results like this but we are a different team at Stamford Bridge with our fans behind us,” midfielder Andreas Schuerrle said.
“It will be difficult but it is not impossible.”
Mourinho has bemoaned a side “with no strikers” due to the lack of form of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o this season.
Torres drew a blank in the weekend win over Stoke and Mourinho is so desperate that he may be willing to risk a semi-fit Eto’o on Tuesday.
“If we don’t score a minimum of two goals, we are out, we know that,” he said.
“If we can have everybody available who can give us a chance to score goals then let’s do that.”
PSG meanwhile will have to compensate for the loss of Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is expected to be sidelined for up to four weeks and would also miss the semi-finals if the French side go through.
Ibrahimovic, who has 10 goals in this season’s competition, picked up a thigh injury in the 69th minute of the first leg.