LONDON - Steaua Bucharest will be hoping to "annihilate" Chelsea from the Europa League on Thursday - and may use the Stamford Bridge crowd to serve their purposes.
Steaua head to London with a 1-0 advantage and will be looking to score an early goal to ignite the recent frustration felt against interim coach Rafael Benitez permeating through much of the Chelsea faithful.
"We are well aware that the supporters, the crowd has a very big role, a very important role, especially if we were to go ahead early," Steaua boss Laurentiu Reghencampf said.
"That would not create a great atmosphere for the home team. We will try to score early and play well."
Steaua knocked out Dutch giants Ajax en route to the last-16 and defender Mihai Pintilii said past successes had instilled a budding confidence within the team.
"They are a very good side. They have some great individual players and extraordinary talent in their team," Pintilii said.
"Tomorrow night we will be trying to annihilate them and to just play the way we can play."