Chris Hughton has left nobody under any illusions that tonight’s Carling Cup tie at Chelsea will be a terrific test of the Newcastle side.
Chris Hughton – Chelsea the best team in the country
But the Newcastle manager is still planning to somehow try to get a win at Stamford bridge, which would be a wonderful result, compared to the good result the lads got at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Chelsea have scored 21 goals in their 5 league games and have a goal difference of 20, but Chris Hughton’s star is rising steadily on Tyneside, as the squad has been steadily and carefully strengthened since he took over a very short 15 months ago.
And there’s little doubt that Chris is a good coach, who has a sound game plan for every game, and knows just exactly what he wants his team to do. And it will be no different tonight even though we expect at least 8 changes from the side that started against Everton.
Chris Hughton talked about the side Newcastle will meet tonight:
“What we are up against is a side which is the best team in the country. They seem to almost have it perfect. They are scoring goals left, right and center and not conceding any.”
“The best way to go there as a team is to not expect to win and enjoy the challenge of going up against the best team in the country.”
“I will set my team out in a way which we hope can get us something from the game. It is hard to stop them.” “They going to be a game where they were going to be strong favourites and very difficult for us to win, but they are the exciting games.”
“What we will do is make considerable changes from the league game but we are certainly in a better position, squad-wise now, than we were a few weeks ago.”
As we said, we expect Chris to make big changes tonight, but he will involve the fringe first-teamers, rather than the youngsters he played at Accrington Stanley when the lads had a very good 3-2 win.
We expect Ryan Taylor, Sol Campbell, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and possibly Nile Ranger to get starts at Stamford Bridge tonight, with Tim Krul again in goal, with Steve Harper now out injured for some time.
That would be 8 changes to the side that started on Saturday, so Chelsea are not the only team that will significantly alter their line-up from the weekend league games.
It should be an interesting game and a chance for the Newcastle fringe players to take their opportunity against one of the best club sides in the world. Newcastle are nowhere near the class of Chelsea right now, we know that, and it was proved in our first game when the Red Devils were just too good for us in that first league game back in the top flight.
But the strength of this Newcastle side is in their terrific team spirit, discipline, organization and passion, and it may take a few seasons yet, but the Tyneside club is back on the rise again, with an unlikely manager at the helm.
But we just love it .