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Former Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo: Chelsea visit is no time for nostalgia


Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo and John Terry

Roberto Di Matteo and John Terry


Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo only has eyes on three crucial Champions League points when the Schalke coach welcomes Chelsea to the Veltins Arena tonight.

Having won several honours with the Blues as both a player and manager, with the 2012 European Cup the jewel in the crown, the spotlight will be on Di Matteo as he looks to outmanoeuvre Jose Mourinho - the man who has yet to deliver Champions League success to Stamford Bridge.

But the 44-year-old Italian is only worried about keeping up Schalke's chances of reaching the knockout stages of this year's competition, with his side currently second to Chelsea in Group G.

"I had a very good time as a player and as a manager in London. I spent many years of my life there and am still in contact with some of the people and the players," he said.


"But there's no time for sentimentality. The match is Schalke against Chelsea and I want to win with Schalke against Chelsea."

"The group is still wide open," said Di Matteo.

"Every team has the chance to reach the knockout round. Chelsea haven't lost a competitive game so far this season and have a lot of quality in their squad.

"You have to do everything right if you want to beat them.

"We'll give everything, as a win would put us in a very good position in the group."