Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Can Stand the Pace Say Chelsea

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Can Stand the Pace Say Chelsea

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Byline: By Adrian Curtis

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted yesterday that the extra-time needed to overcome Newcastle in the Carling Cup in midweek has not left them feeling the strain of a successful season.

Mourinho's men needed a further 30 minutes to earn a place in the last eight but today's Premiership opponents Fulham were also taken to extra-time by Coca-Cola Championship side Nottingham Forest. The two clubs now meet in the quarter-finals of the competition at the end of the month, but Mourinho is firmly fixed on today's league encounter.

The fact both sides required extra-time in midweek suits Mourinho more than this Fulham counterpart Chris Coleman.

While Coleman will make a few changes to the team on duty against Forest, Mourinho will recall the likes of Frank Lampard, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Ricardo Carvalho, Petr Cech, Claude Makelele and Arjen Robben to his starting line-up. Mourinho said: "We have spent the last few days recovering because two hours of football is a lot and the game was very hard. …

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