ARGYLE assistant-manager Paul Wotton knows exactly what to expect from Chelsea’s gifted Under-21s in Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy group match at Home Park.
He and the rest of the Pilgrims coaching staff were already well aware of the talent possessed by the young Blues before they had it confirmed in front of their own eyes when they took in an earlier game in the competition.
Wottsy, manager Derek Adams and first-team coach Kevin Nancekivell watched Chelsea’s opening fixture at Swindon, which the Londoners won 4-0.
He knows that the Greens – who subsequently lost 3-0 to the Robins – will need to be on top form if they are to keep the momentum given them by successive Sky Bet League One victories flowing.
He said: “They can move the ball really quick; they definitely have talented individuals. I think they have one of the best Under-23 teams in Europe, so it's great to play against them. We'll have to be in good shape and be bang at it.
“If not Europe, then [they are] certainly [one of the best sides in] Great Britain; they are top, top players. Whether or not they get a chance at Chelsea, I don’t know, but it just shows the standard they are playing at.
“There will be some talented players playing.”
The Pilgrims’ aspirations of qualifying from Group C and making it to the knockout phase of the competition puts the match most definitely in the ‘must win’ variety.
“We know that, after the disappointing result against Swindon,” said Wottsy. “We know we need to win to have any hopes of progressing, realistically.”
Under 18s will be charged just £1 for admission to Tuesday’s game, which kicks off at 7.30pm. Gates open at 6.15pm.
The Lyndhurst Road side of Home Park will be open for the match, with unreserved seating in Blocks 9-13 inclusive.
Adult season-ticket holder and 1886 Member £9
Over 65 £6
Over 65 season-ticket holder and 1886 Member £5
18-21 season-ticket holder and 1886 Member £5
Under 18 £1
Match day pricing reflects a £2 match-day increase per ticket, with the exception of the under 18 price, which remains at £1.
Season-Ticket holders and 1886 members will need to show their Membership card to receive the discount on tickets at the turnstile.
There will be two cash turnstiles open on the Lyndhurst Road side, as well as the one at the Barn Park end for visiting supporters.
The Argyle Ticket Office will remain open throughout the day for sales and collections of pre-booked tickets.