Roberto di Matteo has called on his Chelsea team not to get too carried away following their sensational Champions League victory over Barcelona with the Blues’ place in the competition next year far from certain.
Chelsea secured one of the finest results in their history as they fought back from two goals down with ten men to claim a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp and set up a date with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena next month.
However they must immediately turn their attention to their fixture against rivals QPR, which comes with its own set of unique problems.
The pre-match handshakes between the two clubs have been abandoned amidst fears they could incite an incident at Stamford Bridge between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry, who is accused of racially abusing the QPR centre-back.
However with a place in the top four still their main target for the season, Di Matteo has urged his side to focus on nothing but picking up three points on Sunday.
“We take it game by game as we always have done,” said Di Matteo in his pre-match press conference. “We will try to win on Sunday to keep our Champions League qualification hopes alive and then we will take the next game on.”
"It will be a tough game because they are fighting against relegation, we know how tough it will be to play a team in that position, we played Wigan a short time ago and it was very tough."
Di Matteo goes into the game against QPR with something of a defensive crisis on his hands, with both David Luiz and Gary Cahill out of action through injury.
Branislav Ivanovic will also miss the game through suspension as Chelsea look to close the gap on Newcastle, who currently occupy the forth and final Champions League qualification spot.