Roland Juhász is one of the few Hungarian football players of the 21st century to rise above the lowly domestic league and manage to make a name for himself in European football.
For almost a decade, the massive center back patrolled the back line of Belgian powerhouse RSC Anderlecht, playing with, then instead of Vincent Kompany and Hannu Tihinen, and alongside (well, behind) the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Lucas Biglia, Mbark Boussoufa, and Cheikhou Kouyaté. He made nearly 300 appearances for the Purple-and-Whites, including 48 in European competition. Add in the almost 100 appearances for the Hungarian national team, and Juhász certainly has the requisite experience to say bold things like bringing the fight to Stamford Bridge.
“We didn’t come to London just to take pictures and admire our opponents with our mouths agape. I joined Vidi six years ago precisely because I believed that we could play in matches like this.”
-Roland Juhász; source: Origo
As it turns out, this won’t even be Juhász’s first visit to the Bridge. He’s been here once, 13 years ago, just a couple weeks into the start of his Anderlecht career.
“Thirteen years ago I was here with Anderlecht; a lot has changed since then. I was at the start of my career then, now I’m moving towards its end. I’m very happy that I can be here again. I signed with Vidi so that I could play in matches like this. Chelsea are the favorites for the match as well as one of the favorites to win the whole thing, so we can measure ourselves against them, to see how far along we are. We must not stop concentrating even for a second, or we could pay a big price. But we will enjoy every minute of this match.”
-Roland Juhász; source: MOL Vidi FC
Anderlecht lost that day by only the narrowest of margins, thanks to a Frank Lampard free kick, while keeping the front line of Drogba, Robben, and Duff scoreless and not wilting under the pressure of an Essien, Makélélé, Lampard midfield. Anthony Vanden Borre even hit the post for the visitors.
Chelsea will have to take things seriously, as with all games.