Thursday, October 2, 2008

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Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted his disappointment at the performance in our 0-0 draw against Cluj on Wednesday night, but is more concerned with injuries following the game.

We had the better of the play for much of the contest, but struggled to fashion clear cut goalscoring opportunities against a resilient Cluj side, playing their first ever home Champions League fixture.

There was anxiety too over Didier Drogba, stretchered off the field with a knee injury in the second half, though Scolari could not shed too much light on the issue after the match.

Worryingly, Drogba was not the only player with fitness complaints, with both centre-halves suffering trouble.

'I know nothing about Drogba, I just came into the room and he is with the doctor,' the manager said. 'Alex said he had a problem and can't move, John Terry is [hurt]in the back.'

Prior to the game Scolari had already been forced to reshuffle his pack with Ashley Cole withdrawing, also with a back complaint.

'Ashley felt his back before yesterday and it was impossible to play. For Sunday, he is ready,' the manager confirmed.

'I have a few days to build the team again. One player is better than another for the game Sunday. I don't know now what the possibilities I have for Sunday are, maybe after tomorrow I have a chance to say something more.'

Finally getting to the subject of the match, Scolari accepted that it was an uninspiring display from his men, but could understand given the limitations placed on the squad.

'[We played] not very well, not the same as the other games, but in the end I am happy with one point because Didier is out, Terry for 15 minutes played with problems, Alex played 15 minutes with problems, it's okay.

'It's difficult for us to make something more than this. One point is very well, but I know and the players know that we didn't play very well,' he reasoned, before adding that he was satisfied with the effort given on a tricky eastern European surface.

'I am happy with all of my players, they tried. We had some injuries, the pitch was normal, not bad, but some injuries came during training and during the game. Injuries come sometimes and we need to inspect this as we play.'

There are four days before we meet Aston Villa in which Scolari and his staff will be looking to patch up those players with knocks. Regardless of who turns out, the Brazilian will be expecting an improvement.

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