Di Matteo believes that it is the biggest game of the season so far and Chelsea will likely have to get a positive result in all three of their remaining matches to reach the knockout stages. No side has ever failed to reach the knockout stages after winning the Champions League and Chelsea certainly don’t want to be the first.
When asked if the upcoming game was the biggest of the season so far, Di Matteo replied:
“I think it’s fair to say. We need to win both home games, for sure, and maybe get something from Turin as well.”
He’s also expecting an improvement on their previous encounter:
“At Stamford Bridge, it’ll be a different game. Because, obviously, we are very strong at home and it’ll be different.
“Certainly, the early goal we conceded was a big factor, especially for them, because it allowed them to then play on the counter-attack, rather than have to maybe be a little bit offensive.
“We’ll have to produce a special night, on Wednesday, for sure.”
Chelsea captain John Terry will be available for selection after he has sat out the past three matches whilst on a four-match domestic ban which could prove vital as we’ve shipped 10 goals in his absence and although he’s not at the peak of his powers, we’ve missed his leadership.