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Plastic Pitch Is No Excuse For Failure

These are the words of Gareth Barry, well close enough, as he talks about our tricky trip to Moscow.

Speaking to the Sunday Mercury Barry talked from his experience of playing on the artificial surface at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for England, but has insisted it up to the players to familiarise themselves with the differences and simply put - to cope with it.

"It is quite a difficult surface because you`re just not used to playing on it. You`re playing in moulded boots rather than your studs, which the majority of players wear."

Adding that despite it being different they will at least get a day to train before the game adding "It can`t be used as an excuse."

Whilst most fans viewed the 1-1 draw with CSKA as a disappointment given the number of chances we had, Barry believes the second leg is set up nicely for a claret and blue win.

The second leg should definitely be more open, the onus will be on CSKA to come out and attack us which suits us down to the ground. We showed their defence can be breached and yes we created more than enough chances to secure progression, so those chances will come again in the second leg.

This time we just have to take them.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 21 2009

Time: 6:13PM

Your Comments

good luck lads I hope you do it!
merlin
^ I'll second that.
Fan of Blues
We can do this. UTV
Adam Deuce
A win would be the kick start our season can do with!
bazzah
The more i think about it breaking into the top four should be our priority, so wouldnt be too bothered if the second string went to moscow!
silkie villain
Cheers Chelsea lads, good thing your're not all like that certified idiot 'cechuself'!
NorthcliffeBandit
Strange thing to say silkie. It was MON who entered the Intertoto to get into the Uefa cup so after doing that why would it not be important to win the tie and the cup? If the league was that important to MON why enter the cup in the first place and start the season 3 weeks early to try and qualify?
Hoss The Villain
At least Spurs are 2-0 from their 1st leg, would prefer to pay Shaktar if we get through, it makes it feel more like a Uefa cup tie!
son_of_cher
we were a better team than them on grass and we will be a better team on plastic...its all about if the ball finds the net
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