Di Matteo says Chelsea is wary of Benfica threat

Posted on by SoccerPunter

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has warned his side against complacency when they face Benfica in a Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge here on Wednesday.

Chelsea are 1-0 up following their victory in Portugal last week and will be strongly fancied to reach their sixth semi-final in nine years.

But Di Matteo has urged his team not to get ahead of themselves as they contemplate a possible semi-final with reigning champions Barcelona. “It is a danger,” said the Italian. “This is half-time and we’re leading 1-0. But a 1-0 lead is basically nothing.

“Our players are aware of this, and we’ll have to go into this game with the right attitude.

“Nothing has been done yet. We’re aware of that. We need to go and qualify for the next round.”

Di Matteo added: “This tie is far from over. They (Benfica) have scored in every away game of their Champions League season, so it’s a difficult task tomorrow night.”

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus insisted Chelsea were “lucky” to be ahead in the tie, saying: “Chelsea obviously have the upper hand, but we are going to approach this game in the same manner as we would have if we had won the first game.

“Chelsea had quite a lot of luck in the first match, considering we dominated the match.

“We have the quality to win this game, obviously, and I’m sure that — this time round — we can turn the tables on Chelsea and do the same as they did in Lisbon.”

Jesus added: “They (Chelsea) came out to play for a 0-0 draw and ended up getting a win.”

Chelsea are in the midst of a tough schedule of matches, and should they reach the semi-finals will end up playing 11 times in just 40 days.

They had been hoping to persuade the Football Association to bring forward the kick-off time of their FA Cup semi-final against London rivals Tottenham at Wembley on April 15 from 6pm local time (1700GMT) in a bid to give them more time to prepare for a possible Champions League semi-final.

But the FA are unlikely to change the kick-off time and Di Matteo, brought in as interim boss after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, tried to put a positive slant on Chelsea’s packed programme.

“I think there are a lot of clubs that would like to have so many games, to be involved in all these competitions.

“It’s very demanding for the players, but we’re in a good place. All the players are available, so that will help us.”

He added: “It might become an issue at some point. I don’t know.

“Fortunately, we have a fully fit squad, which will help us in the run-in, to be able to play every player we have and give everybody a chance.”

Didier Drogba (foot), David Luiz (ankle), and Raul Meireles (knee) all trained Tuesday and are expected to be available for Wednesday’s match.

Be the first to comment:

Write a detailed comment of at least 350 characters to earn a reward point.
Results and Fixtures

Top Soccer Tipsters
Today Predictions in Tipsters Competition
Unknown Jack00 posts a In-Play Double Chance tip on Santos vs Boca Juniors
3 minutes ago
Unknown thrashermcfc posts a 1X2 tip on Torque vs Independiente
7 minutes ago
Unknown thrashermcfc posts a 1X2 tip on Torque vs Independiente
7 minutes ago
Unknown frankboobier posts a In-Play Over/Under - 1st Half tip on Metropolitanos vs Athletico PR
28 minutes ago
Unknown frankboobier posts a In-Play Over/Under - 1st Half tip on Bragantino vs Emelec
32 minutes ago
Unknown frankboobier posts a In-Play Over/Under - 1st Half tip on Santos vs Boca Juniors
34 minutes ago
Unknown frankboobier posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on The Strongest vs Barcelona Guayaquil
35 minutes ago
Unknown luzimarsnt posts a In-Play Over / Under tip on The Strongest vs Barcelona Guayaquil
38 minutes ago
Unknown luzimarsnt posts a In-Play Over / Under tip on The Strongest vs Barcelona Guayaquil
38 minutes ago
Unknown luzimarsnt posts a In-Play Over/Under - 1st Half tip on The Strongest vs Barcelona Guayaquil
40 minutes ago
Superior H2H Statistics
H2H Home Team Advantage
H2H Away Team Advantage
Top Football Clubs
Worst Football Clubs
Top Draw Teams
Teams Home Win 100%
Good Home Teams
Poor Away Teams
Platinum Membership Testimonial

Top Singles Tipsters
In-Form Tipsters
Out of Form Tipsters
Tipsters Competition
Tipsters Competition Review
Membership
Soccer Predictions
Soccer Tips
 

Be a fan of our Twitter and Facebook Page
Soccer Analysis
Arbitrage

Arbitrage Picks

Arbitrage is an effective way to make guaranteed profits without losing your money.

Soccer Statistics H2H

Soccer Statistics

Analyze soccer matches, inclusive of past results, head to head stats, today match fixtures, live soccer odds, players and team form.

Livescore

Livescore

Check the latest and fastest live score results for all football matches. Know who are the goalscorers, yellow card and red card offenders.

Soccer Bet Help
Pick a Country or Region

Get the listings of soccer leagues and competitions for each region, including past seasons results and football statistics.

Match Preview and News

Copyright © 2002-2020 SoccerPunter Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.