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Chelsea keeper Ed De Goey
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Wednesday, 24 November, 1999, 12:04 GMT
Blues in for the kill
Zola will be expected to unlock the tough Dutch defence

Chelsea will be hoping to take full advantage of the internal unrest at Dutch champions Feyenoord when they open the second phase of their Champions League campaign at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Gianluca Vialli's side may be struggling domestically after a run of five games which has seen them win only two points since their 5-0 rout of Manchester United in October.

But Feyenoord are in equally poor shape and also have a mini-mutiny on their hands.

The Rotterdam outfit, who let slip a three-goal lead against league strugglers MVV Maastricht on Friday and had to settle for a 3-3 draw, are nine points adrift of leaders Ajax.

Unrest is growing among the players - notably central defenders Bert Konterman and Kees Van Wonderen who say they want to leave.

Chairman Van den Herik said: "It isn't very nice for Feyenoord. This comes at a bad time.

"But there's no point to make this a big thing in London because the first thing we have to do is beat Chelsea - and I think Konterman will play well tomorrow."

Flo: More than a handful
His task will be to stifle Chelsea's Italian wizard Gianfranco Zola, whom he dwarves by a full eight inches.

Although Feyenoord have not been beaten in Europe this season, they finished second in their first-round group by virtue of five draws and just one victory.

Several players are also struggling to be fit to face Chelsea including Danish striker Jon Dahl Tomasson, who has scored two of the club's seven goals in the competition.

Van Wonderen is struggling to be fit with hamstring and stomach muscle injuries.

Feyenoord coach Leo Beenhakker is still positive.

"Feyenoord are still in with chances for all prizes, the league, the Dutch Cup and the Champions League. Nothing has been lost yet."

Konterman: Quality defender but unhappy
Chelsea have their own domestic troubles and were it not for their Champions League campaign, the club's fans would be losing their patience.

Some of Vialli's critics - including chairman Ken Bates - believe Chelsea's progress in Europe has been at the expense of their domestic form.

Their current poor run in the Premiership has been interspersed with two an admirable draw against AC Milan, a 5-0 thumping of Galatasaray 5-0 and a 2-0 home win over Hertha Berlin.

Vialli admits he is feeling the pressure.


Football is not just my job, it is my love
Chelsea manager Gianlica Vialli
"I like pressure. It's what makes you work even harder. It's something that gives you that extra little bit that is needed if you want to be successful.

"Being a manager is a way of living but it's also a way of enjoying yourself - being involved in something you love. You can do something good for the club and get your own satisfaction so it's a great job.

"Football is not just my job, it is my love and it's not a sacrifice to watch a football match on television, it's a pleasure."

And with Lazio and Marseille up next, Vialli knows a win is vital.

"Lazio are definitely the best team in our group. Everyone else has the same chance of qualifying, so it's vital that we start with a win," Vialli said.

Chelsea are without England left-back Graeme Le Saux, who is recovering from ankle surgery, and Italian midfielder Gabriele Ambrosetti who pulled a hamstring on Saturday.

Tore Andre Flo, who scored Chelsea's injury-time equaliser against Everton at the weekend, is likely to start up front as Chris Sutton is suspended.
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