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Shrewsbury Town attacker wants Chelsea to play their big guns, so he can get one of their shirts

Michael Steele

Shrewsbury Town attacker James Collins had some comments for The Guardian today about Tuesday's League Cup matchup with mighty Chelsea. It was actually a pretty interesting read, as I'm sure the League Two side never anticipated hosting one of Europe's top sides this season.

Collins was asked to compare playing against top competition versus the clubs he sees in League Two:

"It’s not as frantic on the field and it’s more calm. But in the stands it’ll be more frantic because the crowd get behind you a lot more when it’s a bigger stage, which is always good. I think Chelsea will probably be the best game I’ve played in terms of opposition, so it’ll be another good test for me and the boys."

The players was also asked if he'd prefer to face Chelsea's big guns, or a weaker lineup which Shrewsbury would have a bit more hope of defeating:

"In their previous game in the Cup [against Bolton] they played some big names and some not-so-big names, but whoever they play it will obviously be a tough test because they’re all Chelsea players. Personally, I’d rather the really big-hitters play because then you’ve got something to remember the game by and hopefully get a shirt afterwards."

While it made me laugh, the odds of Jose Mourinho trotting ot his best lineup just two days after a big Premier League match are relatively minimal. There might be some cameos for some of Chelsea's etter players making their way back from injury or illness, but for the most part, I'd expect to see a lineup consisting of mostly second choice players and youngsters on Tuesday.

Regardless, the crowd at Shrewsbury will probably be pretty fired up, as will the opposition players. This could be a fun match.

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