Hapal aware of Chelsea class

BY foxsports • November 22, 2010

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.


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