Regarding the Newcastle takeover. When you see an injection of money into a football club like that, what do you think as a manager? Does it make your job to compete a little bit more difficult when it’s a cash injection like that?
I think I may be the wrong manager to answer that question, I believe that we have the lowest budget of all clubs in the league. So, even other clubs get more money than us and the only thing I would say because I think it will always be like that as long as we have a competition that is like this competition in Europe but not like in the USA, where they are doing it differently and that some clubs have more money than other clubs so that difference will always be there.
I just hope that this financial fair play is a big thing that is actually getting to be executed and then looked after, I think that’s important. The rest I think you know, all the clubs, more or less, maybe I’m not updated well enough, but in the Premier League, have an owner with quite amount of money.
With the Financial Fair play rules, are they actually fair because it seems to be a scenario at the moment where it protects the clubs that generate their own money? Whereas if a new owner comes in with money that he’s willing to plough into the club, but it doesn’t necessarily work in their favour, those financial fair play rules.
You can say that. I think there’s other people and that need to think about that, but I think it’s definitely something that that you need to look into if you want a relatively fair competition.
The other thing that we see and it’s obviously been going on in football for a while is managers been linked with other jobs and more recently it’s been yourself. What impact it has on the football club when you see yourself named as a potential new manager for the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United. Does it impact the club at all?
I don’t think so. First and foremost, I’m in a club that I’m extremely privileged to being at and I’m happy when I go to job every single day and I have fantastic relationship with my owners, sports directors, players, staff. We are in a very positive development and there’s still bits we can improve and to reach our full potential. Second thing, as far as I know, the current clubs have some brilliant managers that do a brilliant job, and so I don’t know why I’m coming over from, but I guess it’s positive no matter who who’s bringing out that journalist or whatever but I think it’s very warm for me just to focus on what I’m doing, trying to train the football club trying to win.
You think the players share that view as well, because obviously the form the group is shown as a whole in the Premier League, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that other clubs will be looking at your players when January comes along as well?
I think you know rumours is a part of the football business so if the squad or the team should be influenced every single time, then there’s a rumour about one player leaving the club or tend to get bought by another club or the manager. I think they couldn’t do anything, that’s just getting nervous or worried so I think there’s a natural part of the world.
Right now, as I’ve said, the last couple of years, I can’t see any reason why any of our players want to leave or why I should leave. We are in a fantastic well-run club with still a lot of things to reach out for, so life is good.
So how do you view the season so far? Beating the likes of Arsenal, Wolves, West Ham, drawing with Liverpool but that all said, is this game against Chelsea potentially the toughest test so far?
You can definitely say that. As far as I know, they won the Champions League last year. I also can look at the table and I think they’re number one so and they are one of the biggest favourites to win the title this year, so it’s going to be a huge task and quite interesting and funny whatever you say it. When we won our promotion in the play-off final, they won the Champions League, I think that’s a very good picture of a difference between the two clubs,
That said, we believe in ourselves. We are here to try to do our very best to be an asset to the Premier League and I think the best way is that we try to be on the front foot and aggressive and forward thinking and attacking and we will try to do that as much as possible on Saturday. I know that we’ll probably defend quite a few times in this game, but the more we can get them running backwards, the better.
You’ve highlighted Andreas Christensen as one of the best in the world in in his position. Is that the kind of message, the kind of challenge that you put to your players is go out and again prove yourselves against one of the best in the world?
Yes, definitely. It’s a huge challenge. I think you know it is a team with world class players. I think their team all is complete. They have top-quality world-class players in every position, they have one of the best managers in the world in [Thomas] Tuchel. I don’t think there is a weak spot so that challenge, we love that now we look forward to it and then we can’t wait to go out there, but in the end, there are only 11 players on the pitch as far as I know.
Just a quick injury question on injuries during the game against West Ham regarding Kristoffer Ajer, Shandon Baptiste and Vitaly Janelt. Are all three of them available for selection on Saturday?
Only two [Ajer and Janelt] of them. Shandon Baptiste is out because he dislocated his shoulder so unfortunately, he’s not available.
Would you rate the occasion a bit more than the Liverpool game given that Chelsea are Champions of Europe and it’s a bit more of a local game?
I think it’s this similar level of unbelievable world class quality. I don’t think there’s too much difference, so it was extremely high expectation and focus on the Liverpool game.
It’ll be the same on the Chelsea game. It’s two of the best teams in the world and Chelsea became champions of Europe, and then Liverpool two years ago so it’s just an incredible challenge that we’re looking very much forward to face.
We’ve seen the front two develop a bit of a relationship in the last couple of games, they’re coming up against a Chelsea defence, which has been very solid and resolute over this over this season. How do you think that they’re going to try and find a way past their back line?
Of course, we can see the quality from Chelsea and no matter who we are facing in that back three, it’s world class players that do well for their national teams as well. I know Andreas Christensen very well, of course but the rest are top players but flipside I back my two players up there, Toney and Mbeumo.
I think they’ve been magnificent so far this season and I think they show that they can be a handful on the day, and I think their relationship and then the way they complement each other, it’s a really, really good fit. It’s very rare you go through a game that you don’t have to defend. We will defend quite a lot in this game no doubt about that, but I’m 100% sure that Chelsea also need to defend very well to avoid us to score goals.
You alluded to Chelsea’s world class players, but Thiago Silva will not be available for selection and there are doubts about Romelu Lukaku as well, do you think that those two potentially missing out could potentially work in your favour?
I think Thiago is out, but they have so good replacements they can put in there, you know it’s Chelsea. They just take the next in line of a top player and speaking about Lukaku, it’s a waste of time, I think. Let’s see, I’m pretty sure he will stand out on the centre circle already when the ball kicks off on Saturday!
What kind of a statement would it be if you were to get a result against Chelsea?
Let me answer that question if we do! We’ll do our very best to win.
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