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Di Matteo: Chelsea are a world force

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Roberto Di Matteo has insisted Chelsea are already a global superpower, regardless of whether they win the Champions League.

The Blues will reach their sixth semi-final in nine seasons in Europe's premier club competition if they avoid defeat against Benfica on Wednesday night, but with all-conquering Barcelona up next - never mind a potential final against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich - they have never faced a taller order.

But interim manager Di Matteo claimed their domestic trophy haul during the Roman Abramovich era qualified them to sit at Europe's top table, and said: "If you look at the last decade of this club, it's become a domestic and international force."

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