We won't give Chelsea anything, insists Evra

May 12, 2008

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has warned his side will give Chelsea no chance to make up for missing out on the Premier League crown when they meet in the Champions League final.

Just 24 hours after clinching the league title, Evra admits his thoughts have already turned to the showpiece event in Moscow on May 21.

There will be plenty of talk of revenge after Chelsea finished runners-up to United on Sunday, two points behind the leaders.

But the 26-year-old defender believes that will have little effect on the outcome in the Russian capital.

'They didn't win the league, they won't want to end the season trophyless and, above all, allow us to win two,' he told L'Equipe.

'But we have no intention of giving them anything.'

The France international also claims that being pushed to the wire in the league by the Londoners actually helped Sir Alex Ferguson's side remain focused for the last few games of the season.

'It could have had an inverse effect,' he said.

'It could have given us an excess of confidence before this last game as, for us, everything would have been wrapped up.

'We were already thinking about the Champions League. We just needed to be professionals.

'That's why our joy is somewhat contained because there is still something left right at then end, something very big.'

Evra admits he cannot face having to walk past the Champions League trophy as runner-up for the second time in his career, as he has already experienced a final defeat with Monaco when the French side lost to Jose Mourinho's Porto in 2004.

Now he says the pain from that defeat will act as a massive motivation in Moscow.

'It's my second final and I don't want to have to walk past the cup without lifting it like I had to with Monaco in 2004,' Evra added.

'I can really still feel that in my heart. That's what I said in my first interview after signing here. I came to Manchester to win the Champions League, not just to play.'