Albert Celades has been forced to answer questions over who is in charge of the first team during a pre-match press conference ahead of the Champions League tie with Chelsea.
The former Spanish international midfielder was instantly hired after the sacking of Marcelino last week and he will now face his second tough test in charge after losing to Barcelona 5-2 at the weekend.
Question marks over the sacking of Marcelino and hiring of the former Spain coach have since followed and a debate over whether or not Celades makes the decisions at the club are now present.
President Peter Lim is said to have taken more control behind the scenes and that was evident as no first team player was present during the press conference at Stamford Bridge.
Celades told reporters when quizzed on his role: “While I am here, the decisions will be made by me – even if I don’t shout much about them,” he said, as cited by Marca.
“I am calm here and I don’t have any fear, for me this is an exciting challenge and I am fully ready to meet the expectations that are here.
“Of course the situation is not ideal but we will work on it and improve, we are playing in the best club competition in the world and must showcase ourselves. Chelsea are a great team and another big challenge for us.”
Celades approaches his first European game in charge with a visit to Stamford Bridge to face Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, who beat Wolverhampton Wanderers comprehensively at the weekend.
Despite Celades taking over at the club last week – few changes have been made to the starting eleven and that is expected to remain the same for the trip to London.
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