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Di Matteo: Only a Chelsea victory acceptable

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Roberto di Matteo has ratcheted up the pressure on his Chelsea stars by telling them to turn their Champions League away form around and insisting he will accept nothing but a win in the clash with FC Nordsjaelland.

 

The Stamford Bridge club have won just once in their last six away fixtures in the tournament and Di Matteo is wary of this continuing against the Champions League first-timers from Denmark.

 

“This is now the most important game in this group stage,” he is quoted as saying The Sun.

 

“Our record away from home in Europe has not been good in the last couple of years.

 

“It’s important we start winning again. I know we will start as favourites and we will certainly be fielding a strong team.

 

The Blues travel to Copenhagen knowing they need a win to get their Group E campaign back on track after throwing away a 2-0 lead at home to Serie A champions Juventus in the opening round of fixtures.

 

Summer signing Oscar hit a deflected first and a spectacular second to give Chelsea an early lead in that game, but the Italians slowly worked their way back into the game and Arturo Vidal halved the deficit with a neat finish, before Fabio Quagliarella slid under Peter Cech with ten minutes remaining.

 

“This is a crucial game that we have to win and after drawing at home in our first game we don’t want to drop more points,” he added.

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