Ricardo Carvalho has said today that with the players Newcastle have in their squad, they should be challenging for a Champions league place.
Carvalho – Newcastle should be fighting for European Champions place
Carvalho thinks that the Newcastle squad is so strong, they ought to be up there in the league, challenging for a top four place.
He acknowledges that Newcastle’s recent revival under Kevin Keegan will make an away win at St Jamesâ€™ Park tomorrow a tough task.
â€œItâ€™s incredible that a team with names like Owen, Martins, Butt, Geremi, Viduka and Alan Smith is not fighting for a UEFA Cup place,â€
â€œInjuries to key men and changes off the field have affected them, but they have come good in the last few weeks.”
â€œAnd a team playing without pressure is always very dangerous.â€
And Ricardo has warned Newcastle that the Blues are approaching each of their last 3 games of the season as if they were all Champions League finals.
Chelsea will certainly have to be on their mettle tomorrow to beat a vastly improved Magpies side, who are now full of confidence under new boss Kevin Keegan.
Chelsea need to at least draw the game tomorrow, to keep the Premier League â€“ and their potential double alive, and Carvalho insists they will be ready for the battle against Newcastle at 4:00 pm tomorrow afternoon as he said:
â€œWe have three matches left this season, and we must win them all,â€ â€œThe first is Newcastle, and itâ€™s a match which, for us, is like a Champions League final.”
â€œNewcastle wonâ€™t be easy opponents, especially on their own ground. But we must win.”
â€œOur mission is to dominate possession from the first whistle and to create danger.”
â€œNobody in the squad wants to fail and give the title to Manchester United in Newcastle.â€
If we were pushed for a result, we’d have to take Newcastle to win the game, but only if they are at the very top of their form, and play with the passion we have seen often these last 7 games.
It should be a fantastic battle between two in-form sides, and we just cannot wait for the game to start.
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