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.
10 comments so far
Sep 19, 2010 at 11:54 AMComment #1
CH can now field a strong team against Chelsea cos of the lads waiting on the sidelines.
Not to field a strong team would be suicidal as Chelsea would murder us and that would be negative for the whole club.
Good game to bring in Sol Campbell, Smudger and Ryan Taylor etc. and one or two youngsters.
Good times coming back!! 🙂
ben arfa in toon
Sep 19, 2010 at 11:56 AMComment #2
Ryan taylor will need the games to get fitness now that Perch is suspended
Sep 19, 2010 at 12:05 PMComment #3
3-0 Chelsea win
Sep 19, 2010 at 12:06 PMComment #4
Sep 19, 2010 at 12:26 PMComment #5
I believe we can win this game,Dont you reckon Chelsea is the Dads Army of the Premier League ? hahaha
Sep 19, 2010 at 1:11 PMComment #6
When I first saw the draw I thought, oh no not again, but now I’m looking forward to the game cos Chelsea will definitely play a weakened team and we can field a team desperate to impress to get a first team place.:-)
Sep 19, 2010 at 5:14 PMComment #7
ben arfa in toon – perch will only be suspended for the one game, which he probably wasn’t going to play in anyway just like the last cup game
Sep 19, 2010 at 5:57 PMComment #8
Team for chelski…
raylor tavener sol kadar
Jonas barton smith lovo
Would love to see raylor and jonas strike up a partnership on the right as i belive they have more to offer than perch/routledge.
Also lovenkrands deserves a chance after last season and tav played well vs stanly so put him in there with sol.
Sep 19, 2010 at 6:08 PMComment #9
I’d do a partially strong team and partially youngsters. I think Chelsea are doing the same thing.
Sep 20, 2010 at 3:23 PMComment #10
Play a weak team and just accept a fighting defeat. Its not worth risking any first team players. Chelski take the league cup quite seriously and would be suprised if the fielded a significantly weakened team – probably something similar to what they played against Blackpool but with Sturridge in for Drogba and probably Turnbull/Hilario in for Cech.