ROBERTO Di Matteo says he will not be surprised if this afternoon's FA Cup final turns out to be a cagey affair rather than a grand spectacle.
Neutrals will be hoping the first clash between two top six sides since 2007 will make for a memorable encounter at Wembley.
But fans of the two teams and the players themselves will be more concerned about getting their hands on the silverware, according to to Chelsea boss.
“It's a big game and nobody wants to lose and there isn't really a chance to get back in it if you are losing, so it might be one like that,” Di Matteo said.
“It's two good teams and every game we've played against each other has been quite balanced.
“They are a good side and every time we play against them, they play well against us. They seem to raise their game against us and play at their best.
“There is a big rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool and our fans probably feel the same towards Liverpool.”
The Italian, who admits he will be feeling as tense and nervous as anyone else, accepts that Luis Suarez will carry the biggest threat, although the Uruguyan will not be the only danger.
“I think Suarez has done very well for Liverpool,” Di Matteo said.
“He's always very sharp in and around the box and is a dangerous player who has scored plenty of goals this season, so he's definitely one to watch.
“But it's not just a question of looking out for Suarez. He's got a very good link up play with Steven Gerrard as well and Craig Bellamy is a dangerous player, while the full backs attack as well.
If the Blues do win, there will be no great celebration in the grand tradition of FA Cup finals past, given that it once again takes place before the Premier League has reached its climax.
“We've got so much going on, so there won't be much time for anything, but the important thing's the win and what comes after doesn't really matter,” Di Matteo said.
“I remember in the past [after the final] we had a good time, a great time, but the world evolves and rules change and we just have to get on with it. There's not much we can do about it, unfortunately.
“I have no plans. I'll probably have a quiet dinner with my family.”