Chelsea had probably their most tiring game of the season in midweek as Barcelona were running rings around them and denying them any possession whatsoever, (while Arsenal players were at home comparing which are the best mobile casinos!), but Arsene Wenger says that his Arsenal team cannot expect Roberto Di Matteo to be suffering from any ill-effects this weekend.
The Arsenal boss also took the chance to praise the way that Di Matteo has turned Chelsea’s season around so quickly after the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, and the organized way they dealt with the threat from Barcelona. He said: “They defended well and took their chance. They did not have many but that is basically it,”
“Di Matteo has done well. I think he has adjusted well to the Club and to the team. You judge him if he gets a longer period though, like any manager. He has done very well until now and he is competent.
“Let’s remember, sometimes when a guy comes in and knows the club it gives him an advantage to be quick to adapt.”
“I don’t believe that Chelsea will be tired at all,” Wenger concluded. “You expect to be playing Chelsea at their best and you cannot expect them, with the players and numbers that they have, to be tired.”
One thing that Chelsea will definitely have is their winning mentality, with the win against Barcelona following straight after the demolition of Spurs in the FA Cup. Their confidence is high and even if Di Matteo rotates the team they just cannot be underestimated at the moment.