Wednesday 12 September 2012
A day before his newly promoted Reading side travel to Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League Brian McDermott has hailed Chelsea as the rightful European champions after watching them beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the weekend.
"They are the best team in Europe," the Reading manager said. "They were really, really good on Sunday.
"It will be a great challenge for us tomorrow night"
"They started off really well. They got a couple of goals early on and could have scored another one when Fernando Torres went through.
"But it will be a great challenge for us tomorrow night."
Despite this challenge, the Reading midfielder Mikele Leigertwood has vowed that his side will attack Roberto Di Matteo’s team after earning a point with a last-minute penalty at home to Stoke City on Saturday.
"You can't go in to any games fearing teams or sitting back. You have to attack and put teams under pressure and I'm sure we'll do that tomorrow," Leigertwood told a press conference.
"We have pace in the side and strength up front with Pog [Pavel Pogrebnyak].
"We'll play with a high tempo and that will be good for us. We want to give a good account of ourselves and go there and win hopefully.
"We have taken belief from watching teams like Swansea, Norwich and QPR. They all stayed up and it shows that if you go and attack you can do well in this league."
"If you go and attack you can do well in this league"
Leigertwood has been relegated twice from the Premier League, with Sheffield United and Crystal Palace respectively, and he does not want to go through the same experience with Reading this term.
"Being relegated is never nice so I am more determined than ever," the 29-year-old said. "I want to go that one step further than I did with Palace and stay up and hopefully finish my career in the Premier League.
"It feels good to be back in the Premier League. Every footballer wants to be playing at the top of their game against the best players in the league so for me it's fantastic."
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