‘Take the game to Chelsea’: Krasnodar coach urges team to match Blues’ aggression

New FC Krasnodar fitness coach John Phillips says he expects Chelsea to play aggressive, fast-paced football when they visit on Wednesday.

A win in Russia tomorrow would give the Blues an opportunity to establish themselves at the top of Group E.

As things stand, every team in Group E is on one point after draws in the opening games. Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Sevilla last week.

Ahead of the game Phillips, who is familiar with the Blues having worked at Southampton and QPR, has warned his players about the intensity Frank Lampard’s men will bring to the Krasnodar Stadium.

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He told Krasnodar’s official website: “Chelsea, [the] same as most English clubs, are going to be aggressive. The speed of the game will be high.

“They’re doing ok in the league but will want to really try to dominate – so it’s going to be tough.”

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Asked about what Krasnodar players should be aware of, Phillips added: “Obviously it’s the technical ability, also the speed and power.

“They have a lot of players who can individually do something out of nothing.”

Phillips urged his players to match the Blues’ aggression and “take the game to Chelsea” instead of sitting back. He believes it will be an open game.

“If they look at it and think they can come and run over us, then I think it will be quite open,” he explained.

“I think [it] probably helps us because it means there will be opportunities to counter-attack.”

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