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Wednesday 26 September 2012

Chelsea's Marko Marin looking to make up for lost time

New Blues signing praises player quality ahead of Saturday's match against Arsenal

Marko Marin in action for Chelsea U21s before he made his full debut against Wolves

Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin is relishing the prospect of lining up again with his new team-mates after finally making his Blues debut on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old came on for 20 minutes in the comprehensive Capital One Cup victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers - his first taste of competitive action for his new club.

And Marin, who suffered a hamstring injury during pre-season after his summer move from Werder Bremen, praised the strength of the Chelsea squad as they prepare for the crunch Barclays Premier League match against London rivals Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime.

"We hope that there are a lot of goals in this team"
Marko Marin

"If you are to win the Premier League and Champions League, you need a lot of quality players," said Marin. "Chelsea have changed a lot since last season and now we have more attractive and offensive players.

"We hope that there are a lot of goals in this team because then it is more difficult for the other teams to play against us."

Chelsea, who also signed Eden Hazard, Oscar, Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses over the summer, sit top of the League table after making an unbeaten start to the new campaign. But Arsenal have also made a bright start, with the Gunners seemingly recovering quickly from the loss of last season’s top scorer Robin van Persie to Manchester United.

Striker Lukas Podolski will probably line up for Arsenal on Saturday and Marin believes his Chelsea side have the ability to handle his Germany team-mate.

"I know Lukas from the national team and at the beginning [at Arsenal] it was all new to him but now he is doing well and has scored a few goals," added Marin. "But we have a very good defence and Branislav [Ivanovic] will do very well at right-back. It will be hard for Lukas to play against him.

"I know Branislav very well, he is one of the best defenders in the Premier League"
Marko Marin

"Of course I am very confident [Chelsea can keep him quiet]. I know Branislav very well, he is one of the best defenders in the Premier League. I am not scared about this."

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo also gave Lucas Piazon and Cesar Azpilicueta their debuts at Stamford Bridge.

Piazon joined Chelsea from Sao Paulo in January and has impressed in the Barclays U21 Premier League this season.

The 18-year-old playmaker only heard about his inclusion in the starting line-up on Tuesday afternoon and he told Chelsea TV: "I was a bit nervous but, in the game, I was feeling OK."

Chelsea have injury concerns over Frank Lampard (ankle) and Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) ahead of the Arsenal match.

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Key Points

  • Marko Marin made his Chelsea debut against Wolves on Tuesday
  • Midfielder says he is impressed with the quality in the Blues squad
  • Lucas Piazon also made first Chelsea appearance