Chelseaâ€™s line-up for today’s so important league clash at St. James’ Park, will be full of world class stars who are also leaders on the field, and that’s just one reason they are a top team.
Kevin Keegan – if Chelsea plat at their best, they’ll win
The fact they have many leaders like John Terry and Frank Lampard, has seen the Blues still be in contention for titles on both the domestic and European front.
It has not been easy for this Chelsea team under Avram Grant, but they’ve shown tremendous guts and determination, not to mention some great football.
Keegan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning and seems realistic about the game as he freely admits that if Chelsea reach anywhere near their peak form, they should get the win they need to stay in the title race with Manchester United.
â€œI talk about leaders here but they (Chelsea) have four or five leaders and that is why they are at the top. We need four or five leaders to take us up the table too,â€
â€œIf we play to our very best and they do, it will probably be a great game and they will beat us. Unless, that is, we get lucky because they are a better team than us as the league tells you that.â€
â€œBut if we play to our best and they feel: â€˜Wow, this is another big gameâ€™ after two big games against Liverpool and Manchester United, then who knows? That is the fascination of the Premier League. We have got big-match players as well.â€
Even though they are heavy favorites to win at Newcastle this afternoon, Keegan is warning Chelsea to expect great passion and noise from the Newcastle faithful this afternoon.
Itâ€™s true that Newcastleâ€™s players have earned that kind of support in the way they have fought over these last several games to ensure safety from relegation, not to mention some excellent and performances full of character from the side.
â€œWe will have a fantastic atmosphere in our stadium because the players have earned that now over the last six or seven games,â€ â€œGeordies do support their team. Before my first game back I said it was manufactured because someone had come back and they remembered the good times from whenever.â€
â€œBut the players the other week said: â€˜Wow, it is unbelievableâ€™ and I said you have got to earn that. Once you have earned it, it will be there every week for you and I believe it is now there by right.â€
â€œThere will be no better atmosphere than St Jamesâ€™ Park on Monday. You wonâ€™t get anywhere any better than that, not Old Trafford or anywhere.â€Â Â “Itâ€™s a great game and for us it is great to be involved in two games at the end of the season that both mean something.”
“We are not thinking about our holidays and we are not thinking letâ€™s just get this season over with and then start thinking about next year. We are thinking about how we can test ourselves in the best way possible against this team.â€
If Newcastle can get the win today. or even a draw and play well, the Newcastle faithful will rightfully be looking forward to a much better season next year, now that we have the great Kevin Keegan back as manager.
We expect owner Mike Ashley, who is a great favorite on Tyneside, to shell out the money for the players Kevin wants to attract to the club in the summer transfer window, and we fully expect Mike to do exactly that.