A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
With the most important match of their campaign looming, Roberto Di Matteo has suggested he may shuffle his Chelsea line-up in an attempt to get back to winning ways. Chelsea travel to face Juventus tomorrow night, needing to avoid a defeat which could spell the end of their Champions League defence. With Chelsea losing to West Brom at the weekend, they have not won in four league games, and Di Matteo responded by saying:
“It’s time to change in terms of set-up and selection because we must go back to winning games.”
One man who could face the chop is Fernando Torres, with the striker reportedly on the way out of Chelsea, perhaps as part of a move for Athletico Madrid’s Falcao. Torres started his career at Athletico, and may look to return to Spain to try and recapture his best form.
When asked if he would consider dropping Torres for Tuesday’s game Di Matteo said:
David Luiz has confirmed that there were heated exchanges in the Chelsea dressing room after the loss to West Brom, but has denied there is any pressure on manager Roberto Di Matteo. Di Matteo himself has shrugged off speculation about his future, preferring to stay focussed on the upcoming matches against Juventus and Manchester City.
Ahead of the vital match in Turin tomorrow, some of Juventus’ stars have spoken about the game. Gianluigi Buffon has spoken about the group is finely balanced between Chelsea, Juventus and Shakhtar, and that the sides will be closely matched tomorrow night as well.
Andrea Pirlo has also stated he expects the game would be close, and that he almost joined Chelsea when Carlo Ancelotti was in charge, only for Milan to decide to keep him for further season. Now Pirlo, who was magnificent for Italy against England at Euro 2012, will line up against Chelsea, with the match likely to decide who will qualify from the group.
Other Juventus players have spoken of their frustration in their 0-0 draw with Lazio at the weekend, and how they will need to push on further against Chelsea, with some suggestions the Blues may face a backlash from Juventus after that performance.
Finally, Mark Clattenburg will not referee again this weekend, as the FA investigation into the allegations of inappropriate language continue.
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