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Di Matteo: Newcastle match 'crucial'

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Di Matteo has guided Chelsea to two finals (©GettyImages)
Di Matteo has guided Chelsea to two finals (©GettyImages).

Chelsea interim first-team coach Roberto Di Matteo has called on his players to deliver another "massive" performance against Newcastle as they fight for a top four finish this season.

The former-Blues midfielder hailed the recent efforts of his side as they have battled magnificently to reach the FA Cup and Champions League final, in the process hauling themselves back into the race for the top four.

Chelsea face Liverpool this weekend in the FA Cup final, but Di Matteo has insisted that his side are fully-focused on their crucial match against the Magpies at Stamford Bridge.

Alan Pardew's side lie one point clear of the Blues in the table, and tonight's game could be key in deciding which side clinches Champions League qualification.

"It was a big effort for us to get to where we are now, and we're in a good position to try and reach fourth spot," said Di Matteo on Chelseafc.com. "We always said that this game was crucial, all the games are important but this is massive for us."

However, the Chelsea boss warned his side that Newcastle pose a real danger, even after their shock 4-0 defeat to relegation threatened Wigan at the DW Stadium last weekend.

"They had a little slip-up at the weekend, but they've won six out of the last seven," added Di Matteo. "They've very dangerous on the break, they have big threats up front and players who can score goals, they're a good side."

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