Di Matteo defiant ahead of Benfica clash

Roberto Di Matteo says he has total confidence in Chelsea’s players ahead of their Champions League clash with Benfica.

Speaking in Lisbon on the eve of the quarter-final first leg, the interim manager defended his team despite the fact they are struggling to qualify for next season’s tournament.

And he insisted that the Blues are heading in the right direction despite disappointing recent results against Manchester City and Tottenham.

“I believe in my team, my squad, my players. I don’t think we’re a weak team – not at all,” he declared.

“This team has all the ability to play a very good game tomorrow night and show the qualities these players have.”

Di Matteo added: “Chelsea should be in the top four. No disrespect to the other top-five clubs but, with the ability we have, we should be there.

“We still have many games to play in the Premier League to reach fourth, and two games in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. It looked a little gloomier two weeks ago.”

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