SUNDERLAND will face the toughest of challenges against Chelsea tonight, says Gus Poyet –even if Jose Mourinho chooses to field a ‘weakened’ side.
The Blues boss has opted to rotate his squad for the different competitions, reserving his very best team for Premier League and Champions League matches.
But Poyet says that when a squad is the size and strength of regular Champions League qualifiers, Chelsea, then the term ‘weakened’ is a relative one.
“I don’t think we are going to face a weak Chelsea,” he said. “I am expecting a very strong side whoever plays, because they have such a strong group of players.
“We can go through them position by position – Cesar Azpilicueta or Ashley Cole? Frank Lampard or Ramires? Michael Essien or John Obi Mikel? Demba Ba or Fernando Torres?
“No, whichever Chelsea team comes to the Stadium of Light, it will still be a top team.
“If there are 11 changes, let’s see if we can take advantage but I’m not expecting too many new faces fin the Chelsea side.”