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Steve Sidwell says no easy ride at Chelsea

last updated Tuesday 20th September 2011, 2:31 PM


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Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell says there is not a cat in hell's chance of Chelsea taking tomorrow night's Carling Cup tie against Fulham lightly - because he knows the mentality of the Stamford Bridge set-up.

Sidwell returns to his old club with the Whites for a match the Blues might be forgiven for not prioritising, given the importance to them of the Premier and Champions Leagues.

But the midfielder remembers all too well how things were when he was at Chelsea in 2007-8 and does not expect it to have changed under Andre Villas-Boas.

"They definitely won't take it lightly," Sidwell said without hesitation.

"It's only five games and you're in the final and when I was there, Jose Mourinho always said it's silverware and a good day out for the fans. He wanted to win it for the supporters and it's going to be the same under this management. Any sort of silverware is important."

Sidwell says he has nothing but happy memories of his time at the Bridge, even if it was a culture-shock and even though he ultimately missed out on trophies, with the Blues falling just short post-Mourinho.

"Going from a club like Reading to a superstar place like Chelsea was an eye-opener but it was great and I loved every minute of it," he said.

"It did take a bit of getting used to. At Reading we'd just been promoted to the Premier League and were a Championship team trying to establish ourselves as a Premier League team.

"The pressures were greater [at Chelsea] because you have to win every game, it's as simple as that. When they are spending that sort of money, they expect you to win things and to do it week in, week out and that pressure drives players on.

"At Chelsea, it was a place full of big names, but all of them were very good to me. I learnt lots in training and some of the professionals there were the best I've worked with. It was a joy to be there.

"I never had any regrets going. I felt I came on in leaps and bounds there, being in and around top class people day in, day out."





















Source Yann Tear at Ealing Gazette
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