Roberto Di Matteo has warned his
Chelsea side against being complacent as they prepare for the
return leg of their Champions League quarter-final against
Benfica on Wednesday holding a 1-0 lead from last week's victory
Di Matteo, speaking at a pre-match news conference, was
boosted by the news that Didier Drogba, David Luiz and Raul
Meireles, who were all doubtful for the game, trained on Tuesday
and look set to be fit for the match at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are favourites to reach the semi-finals for the
sixth time in nine seasons, but Di Matteo said they could take
nothing for granted against a side that has scored in all of
their away matches in the competition this season.
"It is a danger. This is half-time and we're leading 1-0. But
a 1-0 lead is basically nothing," he said.
"The players are aware of this, and we'll have to go into
this game with the right attitude, the same attitude as against
"Nothing has been done yet. We're aware of that. We need to
go and qualify for the next round."
Chelsea overcame a 3-1 first leg defeat in Naples in the
last 16 to beat the Italians 4-1 at home on March 14 and unless
Benfica show a huge improvement to the way they played in
Lisbon, they look to have little chance of winning the tie.
Benfica, though, held Manchester United to two draws in the
group stage, and cannot be totally dismissed, as Di Matteo
"They have scored in every away game of their Champions
League season, so it's a difficult task tomorrow night."
Di Matteo has been in charge of Chelsea for four weeks since
the departure of Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas, during
which time they have won six of their eight games, but he was
not prepared to talk about his own future on Tuesday.
"It's a fantastic club, I'll agree with you on that," he
said. "I need to win games, it's as simple as that. It's a
results business and that's all that matters."
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