Allardyce wary of Blues backlash

BY foxsports • March 20, 2010

Allardyce accepts Chelsea had receiving a "massive kick up the backside" from Inter and is hoping their players will suffer from fatigue. However, he is not so sure it will work that way. He said: "I'm not sure it's a good time to play them but the only thing we do know is that they are going to tire later on in the game. "They put a huge amount of effort in against Inter Milan so there will be some physical and mental fatigue, so we have to make sure we are in there with a shout for the last quarter of the game. "Chelsea have had a massive kick up the backside and didn't expect to lose that game and get knocked out of the Champions League, and they are now a wounded animal that you have got to protect against." Allardyce has taken some tips from Jose Mourinho's book of tactics by studying the success of Inter Milan - and Wigan earlier in the season - to pinpoint weaknesses in Carlo Ancelotti's side. "I learn an awful lot from every game, I usually used to manage to set out a team tactically against Chelsea that could get a result and we have had a look at some of the stuff that Inter did," said Allardyce. "We've also looked at what Wigan did when they beat them, as they are a team very similar to ourselves. "If you watch Inter Milan's work-rate and the tactics that they put together it shows why they nullified Chelsea so much. "Whether you can keep that up for 90 minutes is another thing but we'll have a go. "We have to be right tactically and we need 11 lads prepared to roll their sleeves up and work harder and run longer than they have done all season."


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