Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has given more hints as to what his Tyneside team will be for tonight’s game at Stamford Bridge.
Chris Hughton – will play fringe players tonight
Alan Smith and Jonas Gutierrez will both get starts tonight, and Chris has almost a full squad to choose from for tonight’s game.
With the terrific form shown by both Cheick Tiote and Ben Arfa on Saturday, the Newcastle squad now looks a lot stronger then when the lads won the Championship last season.
Chris talked about his possible team to Sky Sports:
“Alan Smith and Jonas Gutierrez will both be involved and, if I look at what I have among the seniors who did not start at Everton, we are certainly in a much better position now than in the past,”
“I have the likes of Ryan Taylor and Sol Campbell also available.” “The side I put out at Accrington was a very young team and it certainly won’t be as young as that, but there will be changes from the Everton game.”
“You are always concerned up against a top-quality Chelsea side who are scoring goals for fun, certainly with the home record they have got. I don’t think people expect us to win.” “But you have got to have faith in the squad you have and the abilities we have.”
It will be a terrific test for the Newcastle side tonight, even though it looks like Carlo Ancelotti will play quite a few youngsters tonight, although that will hardly make it much easier for the Magpies.
Anything but a loss tonight will be nice nice surprise for Newcastle fans, and of course there must be a result, so that extra time and penalties will be used – if necessary.