McLeish: Blues can beat Chelsea

The Londoners travel to St Andrews in the Premier League having

lost two of their last three games, most recently a 3-0 humbling

against Sunderland. McLeish believes the Black Cats defeat may

result in the champions coming out fighting at the weekend, but he

has confidence in his team at home. “I don’t know if Sunderland

have done us any favours, put it that way,” he said. “Having said

that, we’re at home and we think we can be a match for anybody at

home. “We were a match for Chelsea last year. Chucho Benitez scored

a goal (in a 0-0 draw) which was adjudged offside but the replays

showed it should have been allowed. “For Chelsea to lose three

games (in quick succession) – it’s very rare for one of the big

teams to do that. “But it’s achievable. We can (win), I’m not

saying we will, but we can definitely at St Andrews, if we play to

our highest level and the fans get behind us.” Carlo Ancelotti’s

side will continue to be without central defenders John Terry and

Alex at Birmingham, but McLeish joked that they will still be a

force. He remarked: “I’d prefer it if they had more defensive

problems – if maybe (Petr) Cech was out as well.”