Date:Friday November 7 2008
Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Ince has heaped praise on Chelsea, ahead of our meeting with them on Sunday.
Chelsea had always got the job done under Jose Mourinho (getting the results and the silverware to prove this) but Ince feels that under the awesome Luiz Felipe Scolari they have gone to another level of attacking football that is a joy to watch, but they have that balance of defence and attack right.
Ince told Sky Sports: "They are absolutely awesome. Under Mourinho they were a fantastic outfit, one of the best, but had a lot of 1-0 results and based their game on defensive play.
"Now they play more expansive and attractive football and they are a joy to watch.
"It always was Manchester United and Arsenal you enjoyed watching because of the way they played and now you can add Chelsea to that.
"Some of their play has been absolutely delightful.
"Chelsea are starting to play with that arrogance that Manchester United and Arsenal have and that makes them very dangerous.
"We always knew they were solid and now under Scolari their football is different class."
Chelsea were thrashed in Italy on Wednesday evening in the Champions League by Roma, and that isn't a good thing for Rovers at all as Ince fears a backlash this Sunday.
He added: "They will have been hurt getting beaten by Roma and will probably have a point to prove.
"We are under no illusions. Technically they are better players than us, they are world class-players, but we can't afford to be in fear of them.
"If we work as hard as we can and get a little bit of luck and by playing our football, who knows?
"We'll have a go at them that's for sure."
Incey is right Scolari has Chelsea playing some superb football, the best football that I (and many others) have seen them play for a long while. If we could take a point now I'm not sure you would find many that wouldn't be happy with it. It'll be a tough match for us, but why bother turning up if we are throwing in the towel before we even begin!!!
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