Roberto Di Matteo has reacted calmly to Gareth Bale's claim Tottenham are better than Chelsea and vowed to pick his strongest line-up in the clubs' FA Cup semi-final.

Spurs winger Bale lit the blue touch paper ahead of Sunday's Wembley showdown when he declared his side would win because "we have the better team".

"We respect his opinion and we'll see on Sunday," Di Matteo said. "Obviously, I don't agree with him."

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