Blues ready to prove their mettle

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Ray Wilkins insists Chelsea are ready to shake off their AS Roma defeat and bounce back in style against Blackburn on Sunday.

The Blues, who lost 3-1 to the Serie A strugglers in the Champions League on Tuesday, are keen tp bounce back against Rovers at Ewood Park.

"We spoke about what went wrong in Rome, and the lads know what went wrong," said Wilkins. "It has got to be forgotten, as the Liverpool game was. Someone will beat every team every now and then, and it is how you react to it."

He added: "As far as the ambience goes, though, it has been spot on - and we are ready.

"We know how Blackburn have been playing. But they have a couple of injuries, as every team has at the moment, and it will be difficult to know how they are going to play.

"They have some good footballers - we don't know if Roque Santa Cruz is going to be fit and we don't know if they will play two in attack - so we just have to look after what we are going to do.

"If we do that well, it will be a difficult afternoon for Blackburn. We'll prime the players on everything that we think can happen - and then when they cross the white line, it is up to them."

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