Dutch born Ghanaian attacker Akwasi Asante says he is glad to have played against Chelsea in the FA Cup game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.
The Chesterfield goal machine was on target in the encounter as his side lost by five goals to one and he insists it was a great experience playing against a top team in the world.
“To be honest when I saw their line-up I started laughing to myself,” he said. “I was thinking this can’t be real. Maybe nine out of 11 of them would start in the Premier League. But you would rather play against their strong team. Everyone was buzzing when we saw the line-up. It is a nice experience to play against the best in the world. You see how far off you are!
He joked: “They are great players and at times you can’t get anywhere near them, at other times you think ‘I can play at this level – I have scored!’”
Asante further stressed that they are proud of how they played and it was a good game for them.
“I think we have done all right considering who we are playing against – the best team in the world.
“It is a different level. We are non-league and they are the champions of Europe. It is exactly what I expected.
“I think the lads can be proud of themselves for the second-half performance. We can say we drew the second-half at Chelsea.
“We have managed to give the fans something to cheer about. Their support was unbelievable and it made it a great occasion for us.” He added.