Monday, April 23, 2012

DI MATTEO CONFIDENT OF CHELSEA WINNING BARCELONA AND WINNING THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

                                   Di Matteo taking charge of Chelsea final training 
                                   at the Nou Camp

Roberto Di Matteo has declared in a press conference in Barcelona that Chelsea are good enough to win the Champions League as he stood on the brink of leading them to arguably the greatest victory in their history.

Barely seven weeks since taking charge and less than seven days after masterminding an astonishing semi-final first-leg win over Barcelona, caretaker Blues boss Di Matteo arrived at the Nou Camp tonight determined to complete the job.

Chelsea have been written off this season and even before that, something that prompted Di Matteo to hit out at their critics after Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at Arsenal.

And he was adamant this evening they have what it takes to end their agonising nine-year wait for Champions League glory since Roman Abramovich bought the club

The former Chelsea player cum coach has been praised and condemned in almost equal measure for placing such an emphasis on defence in Wednesday's night's 1-0 first-leg win and he defended those tactics again tonight.

An ultra-defensive formation runs a huge risk of one of Chelsea's players picking up a yellow card or worse
 
With four of their likely starters one booking from a suspension, there are places in the final on the line in more ways than one.

Meanwhile, Petr Cech admitted it felt like Groundhog Day as the club once again stood on the brink of reaching the Champions League final.

The Czech International and his Blues team-mates arrived in Barcelona this afternoon just 90 minutes away from one of the most famous victories in their history.



The 29-year-old acknowledged that had been little more than a pipe dream when caretaker manager Di Matteo was first charged with picking up the pieces of Andre Villas-Boas' doomed reign.

Source: DAILYMAIL
Edited by: COSMOS CHUKWUEMEKA

 


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