Roberto Di Matteo issues warning to his side ahead of Benfica clash

12:00 03 April 2012

Roberto Di Matteo warned his side against complacency

Roberto Di Matteo warned his side against complacency

PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Chelsea interim head coach has warned against complacency when the Blues take on Benfica in the Champions League quarter final second leg

Chelsea interim head coach Roberto Di Matteo has insisted that his side will not be complacent when the Blues take on Benfica in the Champions League quarter final second leg tomorrow at Stamford Bridge.

The west Londoners are 1-0 up in the tie and have the crucial away goal after Salomon Kalou’s strike in Lisbon.

“We won’t switch off and we know that only 50 per cent has been done and the qualification is over two games,” Di Matteo said.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position but Benfica, away from home, are a very strong side and they are capable of scoring as well so there will be no complacency from our side at all.”

Chelsea duo Didier Drogba and David Luiz are doubts after the former missed the 4-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, while the latter hobbled off before half time.

“We’ll have to see what players are there for Wednesday,” Di Matteo added. “We’ll have to look at the freshness of the team.

“We’re playing every three days. We need a team that has a lot of energy.”

The Champions League tie marks the mid-point in the Blues’ run of four games in 10 days, with the west Londoners facing Wigan and Fulham over the Easter weekend.

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Kendra got a hug from Jake, but the Twittersphere was unimpressed with her antics.

Read more

Their version of Sir Elton John’s Something About The Way You Look saw Only the Young voted off Saturday’s show.

Read more

Claudia Winkleman received a warm welcome and managed to hold off the tears as she returned to presenting Strictly Come Dancing.

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Chelsea Transfer News

Quizzes

Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more
Roy Keane  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Roy Keane denied the world of more glorious beard action this weekend by shaving his famous chin hair off, however football is still littered with some impressive beards.

Read more
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger (Pictures: Getty Images)

London derbies are always eagerly anticipated but few more than when Chelsea and Arsenal meet.

Read more