'Don't be afraid' - Gjanni Alioski raises Chelsea 'team' question ahead of Leeds United's visit to Stamford Bridge

GJANNI Alioski admits Saturday's hosts Chelsea are full of talented players but has questioned whether Frank Lampard's Blues are a better team than Marcelo Bielsa's Whites.

Friday, 4th December 2020, 12:18 pm
Updated Friday, 4th December 2020, 12:22 pm

Chelsea spent £222m during the summer to add the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy to a squad that finished fourth in last season's Premier League.

The Blues also signed experienced Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva on a free transfer and Lampard's side are now unbeaten in their last 15 games in all competitions following Wednesday night's 4-0 romp at Champions League group stage hosts Sevilla against whom Olivier Giroud bagged all four goals.

Chelsea sit third in the Premier League table with the Blues only two points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur with Lampard's side joint third-favourites for the title.

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NO FEAR: From Leeds United's Gjanni Alioski ahead of Saturday night's clash at Chelsea. Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

Alioski says he has plenty of respect for Saturday night's hosts and has warned that Leeds will need to be careful given the talent at Chelsea's disposal but United's North Macedonian international hopes his side's team ethic could prove key at Stamford Bridge.

Leeds sit 12th in the table but Bielsa's newly-promoted Whites have already held title favourites Manchester City to a 1-1 draw having also given champions Liverpool an almighty fright in an opening day 4-3 thriller at Anfield.

"Of course their attacking is really good," said Alioski, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds.

"They have really good individual players that can do something.

"We need to be a little bit careful about this. They also play fast football and in an attacking context they are good.

"Individually they are good but I don't know if they are better like a team together, better than us to get the performance like we can do.

"That's why we need to go there only as a team and don't be afraid and to play like how we play against each team, every big club and I think everybody is excited to play these teams.

"Before we watched them and they play Champions League and they play always in the Premier League.

"Now we are there and I think every player is thinking I want to show them that I am also a good playerr.

"We can do this only together and like this we can get a good performance."

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Thank you Laura Collins