Scolari hopeful over Ashley

24 October 2008 04:01
Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is hoping that Ashley Cole will be fit for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Liverpool. The England defender missed last weekend's 5-0 thrashing of Middesbrough and the midweek 1-0 Champions League success against AS Roma with a hamstring strain picked up while on international duty. But Scolari believes the left-back could be available for the meeting of the Premier League's top two and only unbeaten sides at Stamford Bridge. However, Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is still two weeks away from returning from a knee injury and will remain on the sidelines with Michael Ballack, Michael Essien and Joe Cole. "Ashley Cole started training today and maybe he's ready," revealed Scolari. "Didier needs a minimum of one week or ten days still." Meanwhile, Scolari is predicting a major tussle with the Reds following their own strong start to the season. "They have a very good team and it'll be a fantastic game on Sunday. We'll try to win, for sure," he continued. "They are dangerous because they have a good team with good players. They are very organised. They haven't lost a game this season when, sometimes, they were losing in the last five or 10 minutes, they still managed to change those results. "That's the best thing about Liverpool for me. They changed the results because they played as a team. That's what I want from my team. "The respect is mutual. They don't have one magical player. They have a good team."

Source: ESA