Alan Shearer will not start his management career with an easy game tomorrow afternoon, as Newcastle play an in-form Chelsea side under one of the great managers, Guus Hiddink.
Guus Hiddink – will look for all 3 points tomorrow
The great Dutch coach talked today about the situation at the Tyneside club:
“Everyone knows their situation,” “There will be a reaction from the team and the crowd and we can expect a tight game and a lot of fighting spirit from our opponents tomorrow.”
“The instant input and change in the dressing room will give their players a lot of energy, and that is an extra aspect of the game we have to deal with tomorrow.”
Chelsea will be without star striker Didier Drogba, who suffered an ankle injury in training, and the Ivory Coast International will not be risked, because Chelsea play Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
And Hiddink also had some words for his opposite number Alan Shearer, as Guus continued:
“I respected him very much as a player. He is quite a personality. I cannot judge whether he will stay (at Newcastle after the agreed eight-game period).”
“It’s always good to have big, big players transfer to managing and get well-equipped.”
Right-back Jose Bosingwa, who has been in good form this season for the Blues, injured his hamstring on international duty with Portugal, and is also set to miss the trip to Tyneside.
“Bosingwa got a hamstring injury and will not be available for tomorrow,” “We will see what he can do up to Wednesday.”
“Drogba has a problem. We did an exercise where he got injured and he will not be in the squad tomorrow.”
“He has a problem in the ankle. We did some shooting practice and he hit the ground with his foot and it jarred in the ankle. But Nicolas Anelka is fit and will be in the squad.”
Chelsea will be even more focused on all 3 points against Newcastle tomorrow, since last time out they were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Spurs at White Hart Lane, so from Guus’ viewpoint, there can be no slip-ups tomorrow at Newcastle.
On the other hand, there’s no doubt the appointment of Alan Shearer as Newcastle’s interim manager, has completely galvanized the City Of Newcastle, as well as the players, and they will be inspired to do well tomorrow afternoon, in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park.
This all adds up to what should be a great game, with Newcastle looking to show a lot better form than of late – and of course the game is being televised live around the world.