CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: MARIN'S DISAPPOINTMENT
Marko Marin spoke to Chelsea TV following his first start in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday night, admitting it was a night to forget as we suffered defeat to local rivals Queens Park Rangers.
Marin's early Chelsea career has been blighted by injury since his switch from Werder Bremen in the summer, but he has begun to earn game time under Rafael Benitez and was selected for last night's west London derby as the manager sought to rotate his squad.
It did not go to plan though, with the German winger booked early on for a foul on Stephane Mbia before being substituted on the hour.
'I thought I could reach the ball and then when I saw it was too late I tried to pull back my leg and I caught him, so it was a poor foul,' he conceded.
'I was happy to start but the result makes the debut a bad one for me,' said the 23-year-old. 'Everybody wants to win and we had to do better in the first half I think. The beginning of the second was okay and we had some chances but then they got the goal.
'We are not happy to lose this game after a few good results and to lose against QPR is not good.
Marin almost created a goal for Victor Moses early in the second period, when we looked our most dangerous, but the Nigerian was unable to convert a square ball across the six-yard box.
'With a bit more luck we would score there. It was a good action and Vic couldn't reach the ball,' lamented the number 21, who acknowledges he has had a tough time since arriving in England, but believes he is getting to grips with the differences from the Bundesliga.
'They are not a lot different. The tempo for sure is higher here and there are less fouls. These are the main things,' he said.
'It was hard at the beginning with the injury and to come back there was a lot of work to do but I feel better and better.'
Marin will be hoping for more match action when we visit Southampton in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at St Mary's. You will be able to hear more build-up on that game with Chelsea TV.