Vialli promises to go on attack

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 May, 1999, 12:00am

Chelsea player-manager Gianluca Vialli said tomorrow's exhibition match against Instant-Dict may be his last game but if he is to go out, he wants to do so scoring goals.

The 34-year-old former Italian international promised to be on the starting list for the California Red Challenge Cup at Hong Kong Stadium.

When Vialli last played in Hong Kong two years ago, he scored two memorable goals in Chelsea's 3-2 win over South China.

'Of course I want to play. I want to play well and score goals. This may be my last match,' said Vialli.

Vialli said he will have the summer to think over what he intends to do next season.

'Obviously, I love playing football and I have kept fit. It's nice to carry on for another season. But this team needs a good manager. It's difficult to be both a good player and a good manager.

'During the summer, I will decide what I want to do. I may well step back a bit and manage the team a bit more next season.' Vialli promised to field his 'best possible team' against former league champions Instant-Dict, although he jokingly said he didn't want to give away too much to the opposition by naming his squad.

'Kevin Hitchcock will definitely be in goal. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag,' said Vialli.

'We're not at our best form at the moment. The players are a bit tired. It's been a demanding season. I hope the spectators enjoy the game. We intend to play good attacking football.

'We may be facing a very good side but the best way to approach the game is if we go there thinking we have got to win. If we beat them by three, four or five goals it's a bonus,' he said.

Vialli said he felt 'gutted' Chelsea were unable to come away with any silverware despite losing just three matches in the English Premier league.

'We still did very well in the European competition and in the English cups and we received tremendous support from our fans.'