Champions League

Friday 1 August 2014

Roy believes Chelsea's 'big game' hunters are live contenders to deliver Champions League glory

Daniel McDonnell

Published 28/03/2014|02:30

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Roy Keane believes Jose Mourinho can guide Chelsea to Champions League success
Roy Keane believes Jose Mourinho can guide Chelsea to Champions League success

ROY KEANE thinks Chelsea are serious contenders for the Champions League, but is unsure if he would have personally enjoyed working under the management style of Jose Mourinho.

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The Ireland assistant has a lot of respect for the Londoners, who face PSG in the quarter-finals of Europe's premier competition and thinks they could provide England with a challenger for the trophy even if he feels that the Premier League has generally fallen behind its main competitors.

Keane surprised his audience in Cork by suggesting that he wouldn't have fancied working under the Portuguese before subsequently rowing back slightly on those comments.

"His CV tells you he's a top, top coach. I don't know, there are some managers that I would say I'd have loved to have played under. He's probably not one of them.

"Why? I'm not sure. A lot of players who played under him speak very highly of him. His record is absolutely fantastic, particularly in the Champions League. And when you go back to luck, he has made the most of it, he has built on that.

"That's why you look at his current Chelsea team, a counter-attacking team, a creative team, some good characters down the spine of the team. He knows how to win the big games.

"When I say I wouldn't like to play under him, I'm not being disrespectful. He obviously plays the game a lot with the media. You know what, maybe I would have enjoyed playing under him," added Keane with a smile. "I've changed my mind.

"I think the English clubs have slipped a little bit behind," he continued.

"The strongest team at the moment are Bayern – who are fantastic – while the Spanish league is pretty decent.

"When I speak about luck in football, sometimes you need the luck of the draw. Some of the English teams got tough ones in the last round, while United got the easy one.

"PSG, in fairness, are also very good, while Athletico Madrid are outstanding – but I would not be writing off Chelsea.

"They have the habit of winning the big matches and they have big characters.

"People have criticised John Terry over the years, but I have watched them live many times over the last few years and they win the big matches."

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