Avram Grant believes Chelsea deserved their 1-1 first leg draw with Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League at Anfield.
Chelsea now hold the away goal advantage after Liverpool substitute John Arne Riise headed past his own keeper to cancel out Dirk Kuyt’s first half goal.
“We deserved it,” Grant told Sky Sports. “It was a game without many chances.
“They had a chance in the first half. We had a chance in the first half.
“It was the same in the second half. There were not many chances. It was typical for a semi-final.
“The two goals were from mistakes. Until the first goal we controlled the game. We controlled the game and then we made a mistake.
“In the second half we made some changes because we knew that the away game is important,” Grant continued.
“We changed the midfield and changed the system and it was a good result for us.
“But although the draw is good for us, we know it will be tough at Stamford Bridge.
“It is always difficult for teams to play at Anfield with the support Liverpool’s fans create, but it can also be intimidating for teams who visit Stamford Bridge.
“We know this is a big step towards the Champions League final now, and we believe we can complete the task in the second leg.”
Grant also lavished praise on Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who made several fine saves to prevent Liverpool from adding to their goal.
“He was good,” added Grant when asked about Cech’s performance. “He was unlucky with the goal. But he made some good saves. He was Petr.”