Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber has admitted his team will face an uphill task when they face Chelsea tomorrow is a Carabao Cup clash.
Struber knows what Chelsea are capable of doing on a good day but he wants his team to be bold enough in their approach.
“It is a big game for me and my boys and the club,” he said, as quoted by The Yorkshire Post.
“We play against a special team with special key players and it is a nice feeling for everyone to play against Chelsea.
“This is my first time at Stamford Bridge and against an opponent on this level. It is a special feeling and challenge, but I like challenges at this level and we have to be brave on the field.
“I trust my boys and my whole squad that we can play a good game. After that, we will see with the result.
“It is clear that Chelsea are a big, big favourite. But never give up, that is always our goal and we believe we can make a good performance and in the end, we will see with the result.
“It is always important that you believe and I belueve in my boys.
“After Chelsea, we have a big game in the Championship. Against Chelsea, we have a chance to grow up in our style.
“It is the best place for education, but I hope we do not have running moments against us, but a situation to show we are professional players, but to show Chelsea that Barnsley is not only a nice place, but also ready for good football.
“It is a bonus game and I think we have a very good starting 11.”
On the other hand, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard intends to use mainly his first-team players.
“We are at a position where this game for me is about getting through but huge eyes on the fitness of the team,” he told the media this afternoon.
“We are not fit now so our pressing game and speed of our game is very difficult to get the levels we want. I will use the game primarily for the first team squad to get there.
“Also the issue of the bubble means we can’t just transfer players from academy to first team, that is slightly forced that one in maybe getting some young players involved, which I would have liked to have done, even off the bench.”