The Brazilian defender Alex was in fantastic form for Chelsea last season, but after three months out due to some surgery on his groin, he now faces an uphill battle to regain his place in the team.
With Bosingwa also injured, Banislav Ivanovic and the resurgent Ricardo Carvalho have been impressive in a Chelsea back four that has only conceded one goal at home in the last ten matches.
Alex knows that he will have to be at his best if he is to persuade Carlo Ancelotti to give him his place back. This will be the first time that the new Chelsea manager will see the Brazilian in competitive action.
“I have seen every game,” Alex said.”I have told my friends and my father, ‘I want to play,’ and he said back that he wants to see me play, and so my family will be at the game, they are here now so I am very happy,”
“I am excited to play again, the team has played well in my absence. I saw the last game against Blackburn and the team played very well, and had the chance to score even more goals than five. This season we have the qualities to win the Premier League and maybe one of the other competitions.”
“I know I will need to do well, I have had almost three months out. Maybe on Wednesday I can play and I will do my best to stay in the team for the rest of the season,” he continued
“I played last week for the reserve team against West Ham and it is very difficult to play that first one, so I hope I can start strongly against Bolton. They have often played the long ball which will make it difficult for us.
“It will be a physical game, they have strong strikers who jump very well, so we will have to be very good to defend against this.”
This will be a slight comedown from Alex’s last game, the FA Cup Final last season, but it may even be more important to him right now to play a great game in front of Ancelotti, and his dad!
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