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13/01/2004

Nikos' reaction after the game against Chelsea.

Nikos' reaction after the game against Chelsea.

Making a debut against Chelsea was never going to be an easy home start. Still, I was hoping for a better result!

Once Chelsea got ahead in the score we had to find a way to get back in the game. Especially in the second half, we got forward trying to score and as a result we gave them space. They took advantage of that and scored two goals in the last few minutes. As such, I do not think the result really reflected the whole game. I was very unlucky when the ball was deflected on me after Hasselbaink’s free-kick and ended up at the back of our net. These things do happen in football and you have to live with them.

During the game I picked up a minor injury. I had a word with the manager and he said he was not going to start me against Manchester City. I agreed with him. There is no reason to risk making things serious. Playing a third game in a week will stress my injury and may keep me out longer than needed. I believe my next game will be against Middlesbro.


Nikos Dabizas

 

232 Appearances in England (175 for Newcastle United, 18 for Leicester in the Premier League and 39 for Leicester in the Championship). Total League-Cup-Europe appearances 550. National Team appearances 70. Goals total 40.