The temporary manager has been quoted saying that this Tuesday’s Champions League meeting against Barcelona will have no influence on Sunday’s team selection….
Chelsea host Barcelona this Tuesday in the Champions League semi-final, just days after they face Spurs in the semi-final of the FA Cup. The Chelsea boss claims his only priority at the minute is selecting a team good enough to beat Spurs this Sunday.
“I will look at the team for Sunday and only think about the best team selection to win the game,” he said.
However, former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle believes that Di Matteo may nevertheless field a weakened team at Wembley, with club owner Roman Abramovic still desperate to see his side lift the Champions League trophy.
“The biggest problem for Chelsea is the Sunday six o’clock kick-off is not very helpful with such a big Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge against Barcelona,” said Hoddle.
“But it must be running through Robbie’s mind to play a weakened team in the sense that one or two key players will be held back as long as possible for Barcelona.”
The Chelsea manager has criticised the FA in recent weeks, with the club having to play four matches in nine days as they compete for a top four finish, the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Matteo is in high spirits ahead of Sunday’s game following an impressive spell as manager since the departure of his predecessor, Villas-Boas.
“It is the period of the season where you play for all the trophies, so we will do our utmost to go to the next round,” said the Italian.
“I hope it is going to be a great game. Any time you play at Wembley it should be a spectacle because of the arena you play in.
The 41 year-old continued to say, “It is a dream to take the club you played for to a semi-final at Wembley.”