Hapal aware of Chelsea class

Chelsea have lost three out of their last four games but Hapal

maintains that the Blues are still full of world-class

internationals. Champions League Group F’s whipping boys were

beaten 4-1 by Chelsea in Slovakia in the opening game of the

competition and must beat the Blues to stop Chelsea finishing top.

“I don’t care at all about Chelsea’s recent form,” said Hapal.

“Chelsea is a giant, a team of fantastic players who are the best

in the world.” Zilina were hammered 7-0 by Marseille in their

previous game when they played a more defensive style. But Hapal

maintains that they will try to use the counter-attack to unsettle

Carlo Ancelotti’s side this time. “It may be a little bit similar

to the last game but we have to change and play a counter-attacking

style and be a bit dangerous,” added Hapal. “We have got enough

players who are good enough in attacking positions.” Zilina have no

fresh injury worries ahead of the game but Hapal knows that, even

against a weakened Chelsea team, they will be up against it,

especially after losing 4-1 at home. “We appreciate the quality of

the Chelsea team who are maybe one of the best teams in the world,”

added Hapal. “We tried our best to beat them but we lost in the

end. “We know the Chelsea players and all of them are of a very

good quality. There is no chance that we don’t know a player from

Chelsea.” Zilina still have a mathematical chance of finishing

third and qualifying for the Europa League, but only if Spartak

Moscow lose against Marseille tomorrow night and Zilina can then

overturn a 3-0 aggregate deficit against Spartak in the final game

to finish with a better head-to-head record against the Russians.