BLUES CAN’T AFFORD DEFEAT
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ROBERTO DI MATTEO has backed Chelsea to come out fighting as he prepares for yet another red-hot clash against Man United tonight.
Sparks are set to fly again in the Capital One Cup following the mother of all grudge matches on Sunday – with the fall-out still rumbling on.
Ref Mark Clattenburg is now being probed by the police AND the FA after claims he racially abused Chelsea players.
Football authorities are also looking at how a steward was injured during United’s goal celebrations.
Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson has already wished “good luck” to ref Lee Mason for tonight’s Stamford Bridge battle.
But Blues manager Di Matteo is looking at the bigger picture, as two defeats in three days to United would be a devastating blow to his season. “This is a team that’s a lot of qualities,” said the Italian. “Even though we might find moments like this, we know that we can come out of it once we get everybody back.
“We know we can play good football and create chances and take them, and that’s what we have to do.”
Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu says fellow Spaniards Juan Mata and Fernando Torres did NOT hear Clattenburg’s reported language.
He explained: “From what I have understood they didn’t hear anything. It was someone else who heard it but not directly at them.
“It was another player who heard it and that is what they told me.
“I didn’t hear anything as I left quickly to go home, but after talking to Juan he told me there was some problem and he had to stay.”
Blues target Radamel Falcao admits his future is out of his hands.
The Atletico Madrid striker is the hottest property in Europe after bagging 13 goals in nine games to leave his side second to Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
And Chelsea will have to fight off competition from Real Madrid to get their man.
Falcao himself is in the dark about where he will be playing next season.
He said: “I’m calm. I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow. I’m happy here – I am not thinking about leaving, only playing this season.
“Later, Atletico and the responsible people will decide what to do with my future. Many times players are the last to know.”