HILARIO: SAFE HANDS AT HOME

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Two of Chelsea's defensive heroes have had their say on Sunday's win against Liverpool.

Stand-in goalkeeper Hilario and centre-half Ricardo Carvalho were instrumental in keeping the Reds at bay as we earned a deserved 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

It was the first time the Portuguese goalkeeper had started a league game since February, but he put in a faultless performance which included a last-minute save from a speculative Steven Gerrard volley.

'I'm happy that I could see when he hit the ball, otherwise I wouldn't have had a chance and I am very happy because we got the three points,' said the 33-year-old.

'Of course it's important and also because we played at home. In the last couple of seasons I think we lost the title because we didn't win so many games at home, so this is important as well.'

Carvalho, 31, was delighted with how his Portuguese compatriot had stood in for Petr Cech.

'It is not easy to play against big teams but he was ready and he always is, and Petr spoke with him before the game,' said the defender.

'We were stronger than the last two games and this game means a lot for us. It was important to win at home against a big team, to show we are strong and can fight for the top.

'It is always tough to play against Liverpool, normally you don't get too many chances or too many goals, apart from last year, so you have to score to give confidence, and after that we defended well,' he continued.

It leaves Liverpool six points off our early pace after just eight games of the Premier League season, but Carvalho insists we must not pay too much attention to the table just yet.

'It is too early to think about the six points,' he shrugged. 'It is better to be ahead than behind and it is always important to win against a rival but it is too early to speak, there are too many games to play, so we have to play game after game.'