Eidur issues rallying cry
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has issued a rallying cry to Chelsea.Eidur Gudjohnsen has dismissed the notion that Chelsea's season is on the verge of imploding.
Chelsea's Quadruple dreams went up in smoke at a snowy St James' Park on Sunday, with Newcastle claiming victory in their FA Cup clash, and the defeat came at a cost.
Carlo Cudicini was dismissed and will miss the Carling Cup final unless he wins his appeal, William Gallas and Damien Duff picked up niggling injuries which could hinder them this week and more worryingly, Wayne Bridge broke his ankle and will not play again this season.
Chelsea have not looked the same side since Arjen Robben broke bones in his foot against Blackburn and there is the real worry that they could see their season fall apart this week.
With the FA Cup dream now over, a defeat at Barcelona would place their UEFA Champions League hopes in doubt and Liverpool could cap a miserable week for The Blues by landing the Carling Cup final.
Such a scenario would leave Chelsea with just The Premiership to focus on, but Icelandic striker Gudjohnsen is confident Jose Mourinho's men will show their class.
"Our world is not falling apart," Gudjohnsen told the Daily Star.
"We can't dwell on what happened at Newcastle, this is an important week and on we go.
"There is still so much to play for and there is no doom and gloom around the dressing room."
Blues chief Jose Mourinho was criticised for making a triple substitution at half time on Sunday, as the injury to Bridge moments after the restart forced them to play with ten men.
Gudjohnsen believes it was just a freak situation and was a gamble worth taking.
"The coach gambled at half time but in football you take risks," he added. "Sometimes these things pay off, sometimes they don't.
"Now we look forward to bigger tests and we take positives from Newcastle.
"It was only one defeat, one result.
"As a group we never talked of winning all four, we just wanted to see how far we could get and that remains the target.
"We want to win everything left.
"We are calm and not wasting energy on looking back and thinking of Newcastle. That has gone and we must now concentrate on Barcelona."