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Monday, September 20, 1999 Published at 21:03 GMT 22:03 UK


Blues bid for Berlin revival

Fit-again Leboeuf trains with key man Deschamps in Berlin

Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli has predicted that his superstar squad will fight back from their 1-0 Premiership defeat at Watford.


Vialli: "The Germans never give up"
The Blues take on Hertha Berlin of Germany's Bundesliga but will probably have to do so without inspirational attacking midfielder Gustavo Poyet.


Le Saux: "It's a tough game"
The Uruguayan did not travel with the team after spending the weekend in Spain where he underwent treatment on an injured groin.

Poyet is Vialli's only concern after his team's bright start to the Champions League against AC Milan.


[ image: Vialli: In training on Monday night but must rely on other superstars on Tuesday]
Vialli: In training on Monday night but must rely on other superstars on Tuesday
Frank Leboeuf and Dennis Wise have recovered from injuries which ruled them out of the Vicarage Road setback.

"We have to be very positive. Sometimes it happens, you lose a game people think you should have won," said Vialli.

"We must forget about Saturday and play this match as if nothing happened."

Vialli still has faith in the under-pressure Sutton, who he made captain at Watford in Wise's absence.

"If you have won the Premiership with Blackburn and play for Chelsea then you must be able to handle what it takes to be a top striker," said the manager defences across Europe feared not so long ago.


[ image: Sutton with the captian's armband on Saturday]
Sutton with the captian's armband on Saturday
Gianfranco Zola is likely to return to the starting line-up in Berlin but Vialli is looking to Didier Deschamps for a key performance in Berlin.

"He's not the youngest player in the squad," admitted the manager.

"When the going gets tough, you need players like Didier because he's a winner."

Like Chelsea, Hertha finished third in their domestic league last season, and insists they are not scared of Chelsea after drawing 2-2 against Galatasaray in Turkey last week.

Hertha's 'mice' ready

"We are the little mice who could frighten the big elephants," said defender Hendrik Herzog in an interesting twist on their underdog status.

His defensive colleague Thomas Helmer has already seen how good Chelsea can be, having sat on the Sunderland bench at Stamford Bridge when the home side won 4-0.

But having returned to his homeland the German veteran believes a sell-out crowd at Berlin's Olympic stadium will prove difficult for the top sides.

"Even top teams like Chelsea and AC Milan will find it hard to play in front of 75,000 fans in Berlin," warned Helmer, who hopes to start the match despite a sore thigh muscle.

Hertha have injury problems, with midfielders Kostas Konstantinidis and Michael Hartmann missing and playmaker Dariusz Wosz doubtful.





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