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CHIMBONDA ON CHELSEA

Posted on 4 November 2006  - 12:00

Pascal Chimbonda learned early about the characteristics that have taken Chelsea to the top of the tree in the Premiership.

Pascal Chimbonda learned early about the characteristics that have taken Chelsea to the top of the tree in the Premiership.

The French international's debut for Wigan last season was a home game against the champions, live on television in front of packed JJB Stadium full of anticipation for their Premiership opener after promotion.

Wigan were outstanding on the day and pushed Chelsea all the way - but as commentators talked about a deserved point for the new boys, Hernan Crespo struck a beauty in the third minute of added time to break their hearts. Welcome to the Premiership, Pascal.

"I remember that game well, of course," recalled the full-back at Spurs Lodge. "But that is not just about Chelsea, that is about football. The game lasts 90 minutes.

"That was my first game in the Premiership and I think Chelsea are stronger now with big, big players like Ballack and Shevchenko.

"They are one of the big teams in Europe and it's a great game for us - we are at home and if we play like we did against Club Brugge, I think we will have a chance."

One player Pascal admires is midfielder and fellow Frenchman Claude Makelele, the classic 'anchor' man in Chelsea's system.

"He works hard, he's experienced and I think he's one of the best midfielders in the world," added Pascal.

"He wins the ball and you have to concentrate and when you lose the ball against Chelsea because they can break on you so quickly."

'If we play like we did against Club Brugge, I think we will have a chance'