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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Chris Hughton reflects on the 2-1 loss in Sevilla and takes a look ahead to Saturday's big Premiership clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chris Hughton reflects on the 2-1 loss in Sevilla and takes a look ahead to Saturday's big Premiership clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.THE MAJOR disappointment after the first leg against Sevilla was naturally the penalty decision, a decision that changed the game.

At 1-1 we would have come away and thought ‘that’s a fair result, 1-1 away from home’ but it’ was a poor decision and it affects your thinking.

At half-time it was just a case of lifting the lads again and getting them to believe in themselves. When you have such a bad decision go against you, it can affect you and I felt that was the case. Our heads dropped and it gave Sevilla the lift they needed.

So it was a case of picking them up again, realising why we made such a bright start and that we were very much in the tie. It was not only about not conceding another goal, but believing we could go out and score a second.

Our thoughts now turn to Chelsea.

It’s a quick turn around, not ideal, but that’s how it is and what we have to do is put in a good account of ourselves again at Stamford Bridge.

We dealt with the situation by staying out in Seville, training on Friday morning - a lighter session for the ones who played - and then in effect we’ll go straight to Chelsea to prepare for the game.

With Chelsea, you have to take into consideration that they travel to Valencia for a Champions League game on Tuesday night – a game that they need to win.

At the same time, they can’t afford to lose any league games.

I would expect them to be strong and go with the usual names, so it’s Terry and Carvalho at the back with Cole and either Ferreira or Diarra at right-back.

I’m sure we’ll see Ballack and Lampard in midfield, they’ve lost Robben, so if someone is going to give them natural width it will be Wright-Phillips.

Up front it’s Drogba, Shevchenko and Kalou is one who is starting to feature on a regular basis. The other questions are will Makelele being involved? I’m not sure. Possibly Diarra might start in midfield but whatever the starting XI, I don’t think there will be many surprises.


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