Di Matteo wary of Benfica’s away record

Roberto Di Matteo has insisted that Benfica still pose a huge threat and must not be underestimated when they visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Chelsea are strong favourites to reach the Champions League semi-finals following their first-leg win in Lisbon, but interim boss Di Matteo believes the Portuguese side, who progressed from their group at Manchester United’s expense, are particularly dangerous away from home.

And he continued to play down the prospect of an encounter with Barcelona or AC Milan in the next round.

He said: “This tie is far from over. Benfica have scored in every away game in the Champions League this season and we know it will be a difficult task for us.

“They are a very good side. They’ve shown that this season. To go to Old Trafford and get a draw – we know how hard that is – and they have some exceptional players in their team.

“This is half-time and when you’re leading 1-0 at half-time, a 1-0 lead is basically nothing. We have to go and win the game. Nothing has been done yet.

“It is a huge game for us. Our job is to be focused for the job ahead. We have to approach it like the Napoli game in the previous round.

“Every game is so difficult for us because we have to win, and this one is going to be the same story. We’re going to have to put on a great performance to beat Benfica.”

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