Zico calls for cool head at Bridge return

April 3, 2008

ISTANBUL, April 3 (Reuters) - Fenerbahce coach Zico called for his players to keep their focus after Turkish media on Thursday trumpeted the team's Champions League quarter-final first-leg victory over Chelsea.

Fenerbahce fans across Turkey celebrated long into the night after Wednesday's 2-1 win, waving the club's yellow and blue flags and parading through the streets sounding their car horns.

There is now growing confidence Fenerbahce will become the first Turkish club to reach the Champions League semi-finals. The greatest previous success by a club from Turkey was Galatasaray's UEFA Cup triumph in 2000.

'Conquerors of Europe Fenerbahce write another epic in the Champions League,' gushed a headline in Vatan newspaper.

Zico was more measured as he turned his attention to next week's second leg rather than the May 21 final in Moscow.

'We are not thinking about Moscow now, but about the opponents in front of us... at Stamford Bridge,' he said.

Zico praised the performance of substitute Colin Kazim-Richards, who moved to Fenerbahce from English Championship (second division) side Sheffield United in 2007.

Kazim-Richards equalised in the 65th minute when he beat the offside trap and rifled a shot past goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

'Colin is... slowly adapting to Turkish football. He has very good technical capacity. I am trying to give him confidence and strength,' said Zico.

'Colin will be an asset for Fenerbahce and the Turkish national side,' he added.

The front pages of the papers were filled with photos of Brazilian striker Deivid celebrating the 81st minute winner that turned him from villain to hero after his early own goal.

'I'm not just happy about the goal I scored but because we won and I was able to make amends. I didn't let my head drop. I stayed driven, I didn't give up,' Deivid said.

The challenge now for both sides is to recover in time for next Tuesday's return leg in London, Zico said.

'The five-day period is very short for our recovery. This will have a negative impact on both us and Chelsea,' he said.