Blues admit Shearer concern

03 April 2009 09:29
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted Saturday's trip to Newcastle United could not have come at a worse time. The title-chasing Blues head to St James' Park less than 48 hours after Magpies legend Alan Shearer was unveiled as the club's new manager. Shearer is set to receive a hero's welcome on Tyneside as he looks to save the ailing club from relegation during the final eight games of the season. The return of their all-time leading goalscorer is likely to lift the Magpies and Lampard is expecting a more difficult encounter in what will be Shearer's first game at the helm. "You can imagine what the atmosphere is going to be like," said the England midfielder. "Alan Shearer is regarded as a god up there and quite rightly so after what he achieved for the club. "He will definitely get the Newcastle fans going and he will get the Newcastle players going." Meanwhile, skipper John Terry believes the Shearer effect could end up working in Chelsea's favour. "The title race is still not over for us and we will be going there to hopefully upset him in his first game in charge," he said. "Alan Shearer is Newcastle through and through and him taking over as the manager is going to give them a massive lift. "But it is down to us to go there, show what we are capable of, which we have been doing a lot of the time recently, and get a result."

Source: ESA

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