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Di Matteo warns of cup complacency

Di Matteo has overseen a resurgence at Chelsea (©GettyImages)
Di Matteo has overseen a resurgence at Chelsea (©GettyImages).

Roberto di Matteo has warned his Chelsea side they must not expect to coast to qualification for the semi-finals of the Champions League when they face Benfica in their quarter-final second leg tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

 

Chelsea took an invaluable 1-0 lead from the first leg in Lisbon, with the rarely used Salomon Kalou capitalising on some good work from Fernando Torres to claim a crucial away goal for his side last Tuesday.

 

With most expecting the Blues to claim a home win that would set up a semi-final showdown with either Barcelona or Real Madrid, Di Matteo has warned his side they must focus on the task in hand before dreaming of the next round.

 

“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 told reporters.

 

“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.”

 

David Luiz, who joined Chelsea from Benfica last year, impressed in the first leg at the Estadio da Luz but could miss the return tie after picking up a knock in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

 

Didier Drogba is also a doubt for the game at Stamford Bridge as the Blues hectic schedule which has seen them play three games in the last week, with a further three to come in five days, take it’s toll.

 

“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.”

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