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Essien: Chelsea fighting spirit will shock Barcelona

Michael Essien has vowed to put a nightmare season behind him and inspire Chelsea to Champions League glory.

He said: "I've not returned to my best level yet, even though my first few games have been satisfactory.

"I was struggling a bit to finish matches at the start but it's going better and better."

With three Premier League clubs in the semis for the third year in a row, English football is the dominant force in Europe's elite competition.

Essien added: "English clubs dominate in Europe because every week in the Premier League we have to fight to win.

"Against Liverpool, they continued to attack even at 4-4 when they were virtually eliminated."



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