Di Matteo excited by Barca test
April 05, 2012 08:26:24 UK
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is relishing the challenge of taking on Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The Blues progressed to the last four with a less than convincing 2-1 victory over 10-man Benfica on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge, sealing a 3-1 aggregate win over the Portuguese side. They now face a daunting test against the defending champions and are 15.00 to win the first leg 1-0 on 18th April. They can be backed at 5.50 to keep a clean sheet against Lionel Messi and co, while a goalless draw is at 11.00.
It will be exciting to play two games against one of the best teams in the world.Roberto Di Matteo
Di Matteo is convinced his resurgent side can rattle Barca over two legs, feeling some of his players will have a point to prove after losing to the Spanish side at the same stage in 2009.
"It will be exciting to play two games against one of the best teams in the world," said the interim boss.
"We will find a strategy that will suit our players and our team to face Barcelona.
"It will be a combination of playing to our strengths and being aware of theirs.
"They obviously have some individual players who are a big threat and that are very dangerous but we have to play our game and play to our strengths."
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