Build Up: Chelsea v Marseille - Ancelotti, Deschamps and Hoddle!

Tonight Chelsea take on Marseille in our second game in the Champions League after beating MSK Zilina the other week. With the game fast app...

Tonight Chelsea take on Marseille in our second game in the Champions League after beating MSK Zilina the other week. With the game fast approaching plenty of people have had their say before kick off tonight including: Carlo Ancelotti, Didier Deschamps and Glenn Hoddle. Here is some selected reports to get you in the mood for the game.

Chelsea's manager Carlo Ancelotti speaks to the media prior to the Champions League match against Marseille, in Cobham near London September 27, 2010. Frank Lampard will miss Chelsea's Champions League match against Olympique Marseille on Tuesday and England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. REUTERS/Paul Hackett  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Firstly we start with Carlo Ancelotti. Speaking yesterday to the Press he spoke of the game, our injuries and the squad. He said:
"It's a very good moment, Some people say the squad are young and have no experience. Others say I have all old players. It's a difficult job for me. In my opinion we have a good mix - young players who are improving and others with experience. I don't think a player is old at 30. They have experience enough to play a fantastic game.

I have a lot of options, You have to consider that Sturridge and Kakuta are Chelsea players. So is McEachran. We have options and it's normal to have two or three injuries in a season. It's not a problem.

On Saturday the problem was not the skill of the players who went on. From the beginning we were not able to change the game and we were not able to change the game with the substitutions either.

Experience is a good thing and it is important to have experience as a squad. Obviously the young players need to have experience, too. But these young players are ready to play in the Champions League.

Carlo then also spoke of Didier Deschamps and said:
I had Deschamps as a player for six months at Juventus and we enjoyed a good relationship. Since then he has done well as a manager, taking Monaco to a Champions League final and Marseille to the French title.
(Source: Daily Mail)

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Didier Deschamps also spoke to the press yesterday ahead of tonight's game and is looking to take heart from Manchester City's display against us from the weekend. He said:
"City did a lot of good things against Chelsea at the weekend and though I don't have the same players at my disposal, there are many things we can try to copy. Like City, we will look to close the space, impose ourselves physically and hit them on the counterattack.

Chelsea are the favourites to win and, on paper, they are a better side than Marseille. But we are not coming here just to admire their play and cannot settle for staying back. We must look to play our game and create problems."

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However one person in the Marseille camp is fearful of a backlash tonight after our weekend performance and that's Lucho Gonzalez. Quoted in The Sun he says:
"We can take comfort from the fact Didier Drogba is suspended. But we really need the points after failing in our first match. We know Chelsea are going to be really dangerous. Stamford Bridge is never the best place to go to and it's going to be very difficult for us. If we play conservatively winning will be more difficult but if we play an attacking system then Chelsea's speed could destroy us.

During my time with Porto I suffered many defeats against English clubs and I want that run to end. Chelsea have a few injury problems but Carlo Ancelotti has many combinations he can call on. The key for us will be to forget the defeat against the Russians and to think positively.

People think it's impossible that we might take three points but we shall be very focused. We all know what victory in London will do for our morale and our chances of progressing further in Europe."

11 Apr 2002:  Manager Glenn Hoddle of Tottenham Hotspur at a press conference to announce a sponsorship deal with Thomson Holidays at White Hart Lane, London.  DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Finally to Glenn Hoddle and the ex-Chelsea manager has had his say on Chelsea's Champions League quest this season. He says our obession with winning the competition could prevent us from actually winning it. He said:
“I don’t have a worry for Chelsea in the league. They will win it. They have a great squad and are playing football with freedom. Where I have a concern is in the Champions League. Chelsea have gone so close now and have been going for it for so many years, that I worry if they want it too much. Maybe that desire in them to win the Champions League is burning just a bit too much.

It comes from the top, from Roman Abramovich, because that is the trophy he really wants. But it is not just him, it is in the players themselves. They want that trophy above any other and maybe that is a danger. Maybe that makes you a little bit too desperate, clouds your vision. Also, a lot of these players are getting to the stage now where maybe this is their last shot at it – and they know that.

You are better off going into a competition knowing you are better than anyone else and knowing you can win it, like Chelsea do with the league.

But they have had a few setbacks in Europe so there is not quite the same level of confidence, and maybe a bit of desperation. I’m not sure that is as healthy.

In Carlo Ancelotti, who knows all about the competition, they have a manager who should be able to calm that down, but it still worries me.”

So there you have it, the scene is it. Do you agree with what Glenda has to say about Chelsea in the Champions League?

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