Nigeria and Olympique Marseille free-scoring wing back, Taiye Taiwo is excited to meet Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League group game at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking on today’s clash with Chelsea, Taiwo who is among the Super Eagles player invited by Austin Eguavoen for the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea next week said, “I’m so excited.
I’ve been waiting so long for this opportunity to play at Stamford Bridge, against Chelsea and show them what I can do, and maybe at the end of the season if Ashley Cole is leaving, then they’ll be thinking of who can replace him and hopefully they’ll think of me.”
He would not allow his desire for a move to the English Premier League to wreck his ambition for Europe’s biggest club silverware with Marseille.
Said he, “But first and foremost, I’m heading to Stamford Bridge to play a good game, make myself happy, my family happy and all Nigerians happy. We know it’s going to be very difficult because Chelsea are a great team that everyone knows all about.
They have good players all over the park and they work so hard. Whenever you lose the ball, you have to stay compact, but at the same time, you can’t go there to defend either.”
He regretted their loss at home to Lokomotiv Moscow penultimate week, but insisted there was still a lot to play for. “We lost, it’s behind us now, we’re not going to dwell on a defeat, we know we’ve got plenty more games left in the group stage and we’re 100 per cent concentrating on Chelsea. Hopefully Chelsea will think of me…’