Chris Hughton has said he will be playing a strong side at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the 3rd round of the Carling Cup.
Chris Hughton – will not play youngsters on Wednesday evening
But of course we also know that Premier League survival is job one for Newcastle this season, and so the two Cups take second priority. Chelsea have already scored 21 goals in their five games so far this season and, unlike Arsenal, take the two cups seriously.
And of course Chelsea have a wonderful squad in both quality and quantity, and they are a very difficult side to face, especially at Stamford Bridge.
Chris Hughton talked about the game today:
“We are playing Chelsea away – it’s a difficult game and I won’t be taking it lightly,” “Our approach will be guided by the weekend games and the injuries we might suffer, but I am very conscious of the fact we’re playing Chelsea away.”
“You can’t take that sort of game lightly and we won’t be doing that.” “I’m aware that we have a very tough game against Chelsea, but of course I know that we’ve got a tough game on Sunday as well so it’s a balancing act.”
“But no one will be going out against Chelsea who I don’t think is ready for it.”
We have to think that Sol Campbell, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi will all play on Wednesday night, and that Chris will play his first team fringe players, rather than the youngsters.
But Hughton will also want to rest some of his players who will be playing next Sunday against Stoke City, another tough game for the Magpies.
“The most important thing for me is getting league points, of course.” “But we’ll go into this game in the correct manner and certainly look to get something from the game – that means getting into the next round and doing as well as we can,”
It will be a very difficult game on Wednesday evening, but a good chance for the lads to test themselves against one of the best club sides in the world – that’s probably the best way to look at this game.