Are Chelsea ready for tricky Juve test?
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo believes his side are ready to overcome Juventus in the Champions League this Tuesday despite their recent drop in form.
The Blues are second behind Shakhtar Donetsk in Group E and are just a single point ahead of Juve going in to the penultimate game of the group stage.
Therefore, both sides will be desperate for victory in Turin to steal a march on their rivals.
Chelsea are under increased pressure in Europe this season having won the Champions League last season while Di Matteo was in temporary charge of the club.
Point to prove
And the Italian boss, now permanently in charge, knows his side face a challenge if they are to live up to expectations, but is confident of their ability going into Tuesday’s game despite coming off the back of a disappointing defeat to West Brom on Saturday .
The former Blues midfielder said: “Wherever we go, it’s a moment where we are a good club. We’ve shown it and we have to show it again.”
But he also acknowledges that Europe’s elite club competition is becoming more difficult each year.
He added: “Every year now, it’s becoming more and more difficult.
“We had APOEL, who showed how a relatively small club can do very well in the Champions League. Every season, you see clubs surprising in the Champions League.
“It becomes more competitive and difficult every season, and clubs with new investment and traditional clubs like Juventus coming back after many years, often ending up in pots two, three or four. It makes it very difficult.”
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is well aware of the importance of the fixture and says his side are fully focussed on getting a result against the reigning champions this week.
After Juve’s 0-0 draw with Lazio on Saturday, the centre-back said: “From now on we think about Chelsea, as at this moment it is the most important test.
“We want to go through to the next phase of the Champions League.
“Chelsea lost to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, but that doesn’t change anything as far as we are concerned. On Tuesday we must step on to the pitch to win.”
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