Farfan hoping for miracle
Jefferson Farfan admits it will be nothing short of miraculous if Schalke knockout Manchester United.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 04/05/11 11:14pm
Jefferson Farfan admits that it will be nothing short of miraculous if Schalke knockout Manchester United, but he has not given up hope of reaching the UEFA Champions League final.
The forward is preparing with his team-mates for Wednesday night's semi-final second-leg at Old Trafford, where they face the daunting task of attempting to overturn a 2-0 aggregate deficit.
United are in the box seat to book a final meeting with Barcelona at Wembley later in May and Sir Alex Ferguson's team have not lost at home in more than a year to add to the size of Schalke's challenge.
But Farfan is not giving up hope, as he told skysports.com: "Miracles appear in the world of football and we need one on Wednesday at Old Trafford.
"Schalke are not going to England for the tourism, but to take our last chance.
"The match will be different when compared to the one in Gelsenkirchen. We need goals and this is our objective in Manchester."
He added: "In the first match, United were better. But now the situation could change.
"We play without the big pressure because people consider that the English are in the final."
Farfan has also revealed that three-time Champions League-winner Raul has been providing pep talks from his days at Real Madrid.
"Raul is a key man for us," he said. "In the past few days we have been remembering his success at Real Madrid and he insists we are not yet knocked out of Europe.
"Raul is increasing our morale day by day."