Adams eyes Bridge upset

  • Last Updated: May 4 2014, 16:21 BST

Stamford Bridge was the scene of Neil Adams' greatest achievement in his managerial career and he is hoping to seal another memorable result when he takes his struggling Norwich side to Chelsea on Sunday.

Neil Adams: Good memories of Stamford Bridge
Neil Adams: Good memories of Stamford Bridge

Adams took charge at Carrow Road in early April following the sacking of Chris Hughton but has been unable to halt the Canaries' slide into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

The 48-year-old was promoted due to his success within the youth set-up at Norwich, where he guided the team to FA Youth Cup success last season.

Chelsea were beaten over the course of two legs, with a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge sealing an unexpected triumph for the Norfolk club.

Now, with five defeats in a row, Adams knows his side must replicate those heroics in west London if they are to stand a chance of top-flight survival.

"I have very good memories," he said. "The last time I was there as a coach was the Youth Cup final and we were successful. If there are any coincidences or traces of luck then hopefully that will happen.

"It is exactly the same, everyone outside of Norfolk doesn't give us a chance on Sunday. Chelsea are going for the title and we are in the bottom three and it doesn't take a genius to work out who the neutral will be fancying to win the game.

"It was exactly the same with the Youth Cup final, nobody really gave us a chance against a big and expensively-assembled Chelsea side but it is very similar to now, if you get the players right and get them believing they can go there and cause an upset they can."

Norwich go into the game on the back of a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United last weekend, having kept Ryan Giggs' side quiet for much of the first half.

Adams admits his players are at a low ebb and need to be ready to react if they slip behind on Sunday.

"It is very easy to get into the mentality when you are on a losing run. They say winning can become a habit and we have to make sure losing doesn't become a habit," he said.

"We have to prepare the players for if we go a goal down, does everything go out of the window or do we stick at it and make sure we have got an alternative option or an alternative plan. When you have lost games and you are at the bottom of the table it is tough."

A 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid means Chelsea will also be looking to avenge a loss in their last match as they bowed out in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

That followed a 2-0 win at league leaders Liverpool, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho being praised for his approach at Anfield before having his choices questioned in defeat to Atletico.

And Adams admits no one is immune from criticism.

"He is one of the best there is, one of the best there has ever been," he said.

"It will be a huge privilege to stand in the dugout next to someone of that calibre but for 90 minutes I'm not concerned about what is happening in the technical area, I'm interested in what is going to be on the pitch.

"He has gone from being a tactical genius to being questioned. I don't know how you can question Jose Mourinho for what he has won and achieved in the game but that is the nature of it.

"If you get a negative result and the finger will be pointed and you will have to answer questions, that applies to everybody."


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