CHELSEA are preparing for a Champions League final for the second time in their history and Roberto Di Matteo is adamant his side will finally be bringing the trophy back to London next weekend.
The interim Blues boss watched on television from his native Italy as John Terry’s slip cost Chelsea the famous trophy in a penalty shootout with Manchester United four years ago on a rainy night in Moscow.
Terry is suspended for Saturday’s showdown with Bayern Munich as Di Matteo’s determined team look to capture the one piece of silverware that has proved so elusive during Roman Abramovich’s rule at Stamford Bridge.
But the Chelsea skipper will be travelling to Allianz Arena with the rest of the squad and Di Matteo believes by bringing home the club’s first Champions League crown the Blues will at last have joined football’s true elite.
“In European club football it’s the biggest trophy,” said the interim coach. “We would really like to bring it to London for the first time. It adds to the image of the club if you win the European cup. To be able to join an elite of clubs would mean a lot to us.
“The players show the hunger in training and in the games that they’ve been involved in, and the drive and ambition that they have to be successful. They’ve shown it over many years, these are successful players that we have here at Chelsea, and they’re going to show it again.”
“All of the suspended players will travel with us, it’s going to be a big group. They will be there supporting their team-mates and driving them. We’ll try and prepare for the game well and recovery is going to be as important as the training.”
Di Matteo flew out to watch Bayern take on Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final at Berlin’s Olympiastadion last night.
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