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Wednesday, 23 August, 2000, 06:01 GMT 07:01 UK
Vialli eyes return to squad rotation
Dean Windass outjumps the Chelsea defence to score Bradford's first
Dean Windass outjumps the Chelsea defence to score
Gianluca Vialli is considering a return to his system of squad rotation after seeing his Chelsea side lose 2-0 at Bradford.

Vialli had hoped that the signings of Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink and Mario Stanic would be the difference between being title challengers and title winners this season.

But Tuesday night's performance has clearly put doubts in the Italian's mind.

"Our performance wasn't good enough and especially at the beginning of the season when it's very tight, you have got to be by far the best team if you want to win the match, particularly away from home," said Vialli.


I think I have players who are more suitable for the home games and players that will give me something more when we play away
  Gianluca Vialli

"Obviously it hurts me much more to lose here than it does to lose at Manchester United or Leeds or Arsenal because these are the types of games we know we must win if we want to be one of the contenders.

"From the past we knew that was something we had to improve on in order to finish in a better position this season."

Squad rotation

It now appears that Vialli will go back to his system of squad rotation in order to get the best out of his players.

"Maybe some players cannot handle a couple of matches in such a short time," he said.

Benito Carbone
Carbone - "quality and quantity"
"I think I have players who are more suitable for the home games and players that will give me something more when we play away."

And despite the millions that Chelsea have lavished on their squad, it was a man who cost Bradford City nothing who impressed Vialli most in the game.

"In my opinion Carbone was the best man on the pitch. He was skilful and effective but also consistent. Quality and quantity at the same time."

Bradford manager Chris Hutchings was clearly in agreement: "He is a quality player. That is why we got him - there has been a lot of fuss but all he wants to do is play football."

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