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12:08 25th September 2012

Boss backs fresher squad

Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken believes a changed team tonight has just as much if not more chance of causing a Capital One cup upset against Champions League winners Chelsea.


The boss has already revealed his 18 man squad for tonight’s game, and has confirmed he would have made changes whether league or cup given the glut of fixtures Wolves currently face.


And he expects the players who come in to show no fear against the Barclays Premier League leaders.


“It’s more about our players trusting themselves, especially those that haven’t played much,” says the boss.


“It’s important they don’t have any fear and they trust their ability and their team mates and try to make a good game of it.


“It’s important we play without being naive and that we stick to our tactics and play in a disciplined way without fear for 90 minutes.


“It is tough opposition for us but in a way it is one of those games you can’t lose.”


The boss has already stated performance levels would drop from players going into a fourth game in nine days, hence his decision to freshen things up.


 “This is a crazy league – I think they try to beat the world record for the number of games,” he said.


“Normally if we’d have three games, they’d come in eight days, not six, and we only had a two-day break between the last two matches with two long journeys.


“We want to go through, but there’s also a very good chance for some players against the League leaders in England.


“Even if the team isn’t 100 per cent in the game against Chelsea, some individuals can show me ‘here I am, I’m better than the ones who have played so far’.


“Some players have played three games in six days and they need to train so their bodies are ready for another three games in seven days.


“If they made it four games in nine days that would be stupid so it will be a completely new team.


“But the team I’m putting out can do the same job because they’re hungry and fresh.


“If you meet Chelsea with players who have played three games in six days I think they would struggle to cope with the fitness levels demanded in a game like that.


“I have complete faith that the players who haven’t had played so much can do a good job – and perhaps a better job – than those who have played so much lately.”

WOLVES: De Vries, Ikeme, Stearman, Zubar, Foley, Margreitter, Batth, Davis, Edwards, Jonsson, Price, Forde, Peszko, Ismail, Hunt, Boukari, Nouble, Sigurdarson.



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