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22 Aug 2003

Micky Adams faces the daunting task of an inaugural Barclaycard Premiership away day at Chelsea on Saturday but feels Leicester City are in no-lose situation.

Adams' first game with the Foxes was at Stamford Bridge while second-in-command to then manager Dave Bassett - City losing out 2-0 in the 2001-02 season which eventually saw them relegated.

And Adams, who can boast an unbeaten Premiership record since taking over the managerial reins, reckons a similar result is on the cards at the weekend.

"It's a free game for us," said the Walkers Stadium chief, who took Leicester back to the top flight after last season's automatic promotion.

"No-one expects us to go down there and get anything, so if we do it's a bonus.

"I was at Anfield to see them beat Liverpool and Chelsea were frightening at times, they've got a team of fantastic individuals so perhaps the best policy might be for me to not turn up and go scouting instead."

However Adams is refusing to brood over the gulf in off-field clout. The Blues have spent 75million on close-season signings since the arrival of Russian oil billionaire Roman Abramovich, who has pledged to stop at nothing to realise his dream of Barclaycard Premiership glory.

But cash is in shorter supply at Leicester, who are just six months out of administration and two months out of the First Division.

The former Brighton boss said: "I can't imagine what the expectation is like for Claudio Ranieri, I can't know because I have never had any money to spend.

"The most I have ever spent on a player was 200,000 getting Paul Moody from Millwall when I was manager of Fulham back in 1997 so clearly there is a vast difference between Chelsea and ourselves.

"But I am not envious because I am here at Leicester City and I understand how my cloth has been cut so I get on with it. And it is the story of all the divisions isn't it?

"There are teams with a bit of cash who are spending while other clubs don't have the luxury.

"I would think Rochdale would say the same about Hull City in the Third Division, so it happens in all divisions. I don't think it is purely a Premiership phenomenon.

"Perhaps on Saturday I will realise exactly how the likes of Grimsby felt against us last season.

"But I don't think the big clubs' money makes it an unfair playing field in the Premiership because it is the same in all divisions."

Micky Adams

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