RODGERS RE­FUSES TO PARK THE BUS

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By BILL LON­DON

SWANSEA man­ager Brendan Rodgers has no plans to go on the de­fen­sive when he re­turns to face the club that gave him his big break at Stam­ford Bridge on Satur­day.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man was ap­pointed youth team man­ager at Chelsea in 2004 un­der Jose Mour­inho be­fore be­com­ing re­serve team boss in 2006.

The im­pres­sion he made at Stam­ford Bridge proved a spring­board for his first se­nior man­age­rial role at Wat­ford be­fore a dif­fi­cult spell at Read­ing saw him head to south Wales and play-off glory.

The 38-year-old is now set to visit the Bridge on the back of the Swans’ first Premier League win against West Brom – and he has no in­ter­est in what former boss Mour­inho re­ferred to as “park­ing the bus”.

Rodgers said: “We need to re­spect the op­po­nent, they have world class play­ers.

“But we went to Arse­nal last week and nearly got a re­sult, and they are play­ing with a sim­i­lar style to us.

“And for an hour against Manch­ester City we did very well against one of the top sides in Europe.

“We are not naive enough to think we can open every­thing up like we do at home, but we are still go­ing to try to main­tain our idea to con­trol pos­ses­sion and dom­i­nate with the ball.”

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