Rodgers ready for Bridge return
Swansea chief up for Chelsea clash
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: September 20, 2011 1:35pm
Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers insists he will not be changing his style when he faces his former club Chelsea on Saturday.
Rodgers spent four years with Chelsea up to 2008 serving as youth and reserve boss.
After spells in charge of Watford and Reading, he is now ready to take his Swansea side to his former club for the first time since leaving West London.
"We need to respect the opponent, they have world class players. But we went to Arsenal last week and nearly got a result, and they are playing with a similar style to us," said Rodgers.
"And for an hour against Manchester City we did very well against one of the top sides in Europe.
"We are learning all the time and we know you have to be collectively right, we are not naive enough to think we can open everything up like we do at home, but we are still going to try and maintain our idea to control possession and dominate with the ball."
Although Rodgers will be looking to spring a surprise at his alma mater, he is also looking forward to catching up with some familiar faces and is grateful for the opportunity he was given.
"They are a great club, I am really looking forward to it," he said.
"I have some wonderful professional memories of my time there. It was arguably the greatest period in their history during my time there over four-and-a-half years.
"If I had not been there I would not be stood here today, it's thanks to the opportunity they gave me at that level.
"I still have many friends there and I will be proud to take a team back there, but we are going there looking for a result."