Rosler targeting FA Cup giant killing
Brentford manager Uwe Rosler believes his side still have a chance of causing an upset when they travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth-round replay on Sunday.
The Bees were just seven minutes away from knocking the European champions out the first time round at Griffin Park, only for Fernando Torres' equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw and a replay for the Blues.
However, Rosler is adamant that Brentford did not blow their big opportunity and feels a shock could still be on the cards.
"I think first of all there will be a big factor of excitement going to Stamford Bridge," Rosler said. "I think excitement will take over and they will be very motivated. My players will raise their standards in terms of physical capabilities, hopefully by five to ten per cent, which is needed to compete. Obviously Chelsea will take us more seriously than the first game and I am looking forward to what will be a great test for us, for everybody involved.
"I still believe it is possible. The chances are slimmer but I think it is still possible. The crucial thing for us is that we are competitive in the first half an hour. We need to keep it at 0-0 in the first half an hour, keep our options open and also be brave to attack them."
Rosler added: "We have to be compact, win the ball in the right areas and not make any mistakes. We need to counter them and the longer it is 0-0, the bigger our chance becomes because they will put more men forward and be more open. We will have players on the bench that can come on and change the game for us.
"Chelsea is a fantastic club and it is a fantastic opportunity for this club, everybody connected with Brentford. To play against such a big club like Chelsea is fantastic.''
Despite the size of the task ahead of them, Rosler says he will approach the Chelsea game just like any other. However, he is aware of his responsibility to keep his players relaxed and focused.
"Never since I joined the club had a player been late for a meeting, but before the first game two players came late,'' he said. "It was not because they were undisciplined, it was because they were nervous and forgot to look at their watch. The excitement at times can take over and the big key for my coaching staff and me is to make them feel comfortable.''
Jake Bidwell could feature at Stamford Bridge after missing the first game through suspension, but long-term absentees Kevin O'Connor and Farid El Alagui remain unavailable. Rosler also revealed several unnamed players are nursing less serious injuries.
"We have one or two knocks, although I won't tell you who it is," he said. "We will make one or two changes, but in general, apart from our two long-term injuries, we have everybody available.''
Information from the Press Association was used in this report