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McAllister Looks To Chelsea

Gary McAllister, Coventry City FCSky Blues skipper Gary McAllister has admitted that if City want to achieve success they must find some consistent form.

The performances of Gordon Strachan's side swing from dazzling to desperate and veteran McAllister knows you cannot achieve with that.

"Next Wednesday we are up against another top four side having played against Arsenal and Liverpool in the last two games. 

"I must admit the gap between the top four or five teams and everybody else does exist, and it is getting bigger. 

"On our day we can match any of them, especially at home, but it is all about consistency.

" The strength of squad is also vital and that was shown by Arsenal and Liverpool in the three substitutes that they brought on."

However, the 35-year-old Scot believes that with the team City fielded they should be have been able to give the Merseysiders a good game. 

He said:

"We've set the standard at home and we have been getting used to some decent form and performances, and we've had some big results against good sides, so I think we expected to get a result against Liverpool."

Looking ahead to next Wednesday's clash with Chelsea, the former Scotland captain believes that City may be able to capitalise on the amount of matches Gianluca Vialli's men are playing.

"It will definitely stretch their squad, that is the hard thing about being at a club that is involved in so many competitions. 

"From our point of view we realise that there may be some tired people and the fixture may not appeal to them as much as Barcelona or an FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley. 

"You don't wish complacency on professional players but on the night we will be looking for a result, we can not be concerned about their problems. If being involved in a European Cup is a problem! 

"I think we have to set about Chelsea the way they set about Barcelona last night. They might have seen themselves as underdogs against Barcelona so upped their work-rate to compensate and that is what we will have to do."

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