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Posted on 12 January 2008  - 12:00

Gus Poyet is taking little notice of Chelsea's missing list as he prepares to return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Gus Poyet is taking little notice of Chelsea's missing list as he prepares to return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

First team coach Gus made his name in England as an all-action midfielder with Chelsea after signing from Real Zaragoza in 1997. He scored 36 goals in 105 league games for the Blues before switching SW6 for N17 and the final three years of his playing career at the Lane where he helped us to the League Cup Final in 2002.

He now returns to the Bridge for our first meeting this season and Avram Grant's side missing key players - John Terry, Frank Lampard and Andrei Shevchenko are injured while Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou and Jon Obi Mikel are all on African Nations Cup duty.

Match commentary from Chelsea on Spurs TV Online -CLICK HERE...

Having said that, we're without midfield trio Jermaine Jenas, Tom Huddlestone and Didier Zokora.

Gus said: "They are missing a few and, if we are very polite, we have to say it is Chelsea and all the players they have deserve to be there because of their quality.

"Now, without John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, of course it is a different team and there is no doubt about that. Any team in the world without those three would be different, but that doesn’t mean it is going to be easy. They keep winning."

Gus had no doubt that we had the players to beat Chelsea but suggested that we have to be right mentally. "We have to be convinced, all of us. To be convinced that in terms of quality, fitness and organisation that we have got everything to beat them. We have to be convinced mentally, every single one of us – every one, not about three or four, all of us starting with the manager and Juande is convinced."

So what did Gus think it would be like going back to Chelsea?

"I have to be focused," he stressed. "Before the game it is going to be easy as I will be going around saying hello to everyone and it will be nice to see people that I worked with. After that you have to be professional and I have to be there, doing my job, helping Juande. On the bench I will have my say and work with Juande as normal until the game is finished and then we will all be friends again!"

Watch this interview in full - all 10 minutes - on Spurs TV Online -CLICK HERE...

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