Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Friday April 3 2009
What looked an extremely simple game on paper to the Roman army has suddenly taken an unexpected twist with the arrival of Big Al, something that hasn`t gone unnoticed by Guus Hiddink. The current Russia manager, fresh from an international break, has come home to face some minor issues, with Bosingwa and Drogba both struggling. The Dutchman said:
'You have to respect the decision made by whoever is in charge. There's always a reaction when there's something happening in a club. It was the same a little bit here. Some people felt they had to make a decision and then you get a reaction, within the club and team. Everyone knows their situation.
Of course there will be a reaction from the team and from the crowd. So we can expect a tight game and a lot of fighting spirit from our opponents tomorrow. I respect him very much. I know him as a player. He is quite a personality and will have an influence on the team.
There will be a hectic atmosphere tomorrow. It forces us to give everything we have. I cannot judge whether he will stay longer than eight games, that is not my big problem. But it is always good to have big players making a transition to a manager.
But he will not play and I will not play. It is not a game between managers. The instant input and change in the dressing room will give their players a lot of energy and that is an extra aspect of the game we have to deal with tomorrow.
Drogba has a problem. We did some exercises where he got injured. There's a little bit of a problem. He won't be in the squad tomorrow. We did some shooting practice and he hit the ground with his toe and the reaction was in his ankle.
Anelka is in. He practises better and better recently, so he's in the squad. Bosingwa got a hamstring injury. He won't be available for tomorrow's game. We'll see what he can do up until Wednesday. Carvalho had a little bruise, but he's in the squad.'
Date:Friday April 3 2009
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