CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: ASSESSING SHAKHTAR

Roberto Di Matteo took time out from his pre-match preparations to discuss Wednesday evening’s game with Chelsea TV.

In a clip that can be viewed here he speaks about the opposition and their form leading up to the game. The full interview can be watched now via the channel’s online access.

There will be more from the manager tonight in Match Night Live from 6.30pm.

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SHAKHTAR DONETSK – PART ONE

07.11.2012

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SHAKHTAR DONETSK – PART ONE

With a small margin for error left in this group stage, one of those special European nights at Stamford Bridge is on order…

06.11.2012

DI MATTEO: BE AT OUR BEST

Roberto Di Matteo has called for a ‘perfect game’ from his side if we are to beat Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, a task made harder by the absence of Ashley Cole through injury.

06.11.2012

CHELSEA STATEMENT

Chelsea Football Club has banned a 28-year-old man from Stamford Bridge pending the conclusion of a police investigation into a possible racially aggravated public order offence…

06.11.2012

IVANOVIC: COUNTER THE COUNTER

Branislav Ivanovic hopes the new-look Chelsea can ‘grow up as a team’ during tomorrow night’s Champions League rematch with Shakhtar Donetsk…

06.11.2012

LUCESCU: PLAYING UNDER PRESSURE

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu believes the biggest obstacle facing Chelsea tomorrow night will be the expectations of our own supporters…

06.11.2012

MATA IS OCTOBER’S TOP PERFORMER

Juan Mata has been named the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for October…

06.11.2012

STAMFORD BRIDGE AWARDED WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SHOWPIECE

A new chapter in the long history of Stamford Bridge will be written in May when our stadium hosts the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final…

06.11.2012

PAT NEVIN: THERE’S ONE POINT

Following the icy draw at Swansea and another action-packed encounter with Man United, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin discusses recent events in his latest column…

06.11.2012

IT’S A MATA OF THE MIND

Juan Mata met local children during a Celebration of Education Through Football (ETF) event at Stamford Bridge yesterday (Monday)…

06.11.2012

BOOK NOW FOR BURNS NIGHT

Former Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty will be the special guest in Marco Restaurant at Stamford Bridge for Burns Night in January. Tickets are now on sale…

05.11.2012

MIKEL MAKES AFRICAN SHORTLIST

John Mikel Obi has been nominated for the 2012 African Footballer of the Year award…

05.11.2012

MOSES: THOUGHT WE’D WON IT

Goalscorer Victor Moses says we must move on quickly from Swansea’s late equaliser in south Wales on Saturday afternoon.

05.11.2012

CHELSEA TV HEADLINES: GEARING UP FOR EUROPE

The squad’s attentions shift to Shakhtar now as we prepare for a crucial night of Champions League action on Wednesday.

05.11.2012

THE DATA DAY: SWANSEA CITY V CHELSEA

A late Swansea goal denied us of the three points on Saturday, but as the numbers show, it was not our finest afternoon…

05.11.2012

RADIO CLIVE’S FIVE: SWANSEA V CHELSEA

Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea’s games…

05.11.2012

MATA FILES AGAIN

After a weekend spent on the sidelines, Juan Mata has filed his latest blog as he looks ahead to a busy period of fixtures…

04.11.2012

UNDER-21 REPORT: MANCHESTER CITY 2 CHELSEA 3

Goals from Patrick Bamford and Islam Feruz plus an own goal secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory…

04.11.2012

GOAL OF THE MONTH NOW OPEN

With another month of the season completed, we have five more spectacular goals to choose from for the chance to win hospitality tickets to Chelsea v Aston Villa on December 23.

03.11.2012

FINAL WHISTLE VERDICT: LATE LAMENT

Having seen what looked like a return to winning ways in the league denied by a late Swansea equaliser, Roberto Di Matteo backed his side to show their resolve in the weeks ahead…

03.11.2012

MATCH REPORT: SWANSEA CITY 1 CHELSEA 1

Victor Moses with a second-half header gave the Blues the lead but a late Swansea equaliser means we slip from the top of the table on a wintry afternoon in Wales…

03.11.2012

YOUTH REPORT: MANCHESTER CITY 0 CHELSEA 2

Second half goals from Charlie Colkett and substitute George Cole ensured the Blues took maximum points back to London and remain unbeaten this season…

03.11.2012

VENUE CHANGE FOR UNDER-21S

Chelsea’s Under-21s are in action on Sunday away to Manchester City, with the venue their Platt Lane training ground, not Hyde FC as originally scheduled…

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SHAKHTAR DONETSK

07.11.2012

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SHAKHTAR DONETSK

With a small margin for error left in this group stage, one of those special European nights at Stamford Bridge is on order…

06.11.2012

DI MATTEO: BE AT OUR BEST

Roberto Di Matteo has called for a ‘perfect game’ from his side if we are to beat Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, a task made harder by the absence of Ashley Cole through injury.

06.11.2012

CHELSEA STATEMENT

Chelsea Football Club has banned a 28-year-old man from Stamford Bridge pending the conclusion of a police investigation into a possible racially aggravated public order offence…

06.11.2012

IVANOVIC: COUNTER THE COUNTER

Branislav Ivanovic hopes the new-look Chelsea can ‘grow up as a team’ during tomorrow night’s Champions League rematch with Shakhtar Donetsk…

06.11.2012

LUCESCU: PLAYING UNDER PRESSURE

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu believes the biggest obstacle facing Chelsea tomorrow night will be the expectations of our own supporters…

06.11.2012

MATA IS OCTOBER’S TOP PERFORMER

Juan Mata has been named the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for October…

06.11.2012

STAMFORD BRIDGE AWARDED WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SHOWPIECE

A new chapter in the long history of Stamford Bridge will be written in May when our stadium hosts the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final…

06.11.2012

PAT NEVIN: THERE’S ONE POINT

Following the icy draw at Swansea and another action-packed encounter with Man United, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin discusses recent events in his latest column…

06.11.2012

IT’S A MATA OF THE MIND

Juan Mata met local children during a Celebration of Education Through Football (ETF) event at Stamford Bridge yesterday (Monday)…

06.11.2012

BOOK NOW FOR BURNS NIGHT

Former Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty will be the special guest in Marco Restaurant at Stamford Bridge for Burns Night in January. Tickets are now on sale…

05.11.2012

MIKEL MAKES AFRICAN SHORTLIST

John Mikel Obi has been nominated for the 2012 African Footballer of the Year award…

05.11.2012

MOSES: THOUGHT WE’D WON IT

Goalscorer Victor Moses says we must move on quickly from Swansea’s late equaliser in south Wales on Saturday afternoon.

05.11.2012

CHELSEA TV HEADLINES: GEARING UP FOR EUROPE

The squad’s attentions shift to Shakhtar now as we prepare for a crucial night of Champions League action on Wednesday.

05.11.2012

THE DATA DAY: SWANSEA CITY V CHELSEA

A late Swansea goal denied us of the three points on Saturday, but as the numbers show, it was not our finest afternoon…

05.11.2012

RADIO CLIVE’S FIVE: SWANSEA V CHELSEA

Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea’s games…

05.11.2012

MATA FILES AGAIN

After a weekend spent on the sidelines, Juan Mata has filed his latest blog as he looks ahead to a busy period of fixtures…

04.11.2012

UNDER-21 REPORT: MANCHESTER CITY 2 CHELSEA 3

Goals from Patrick Bamford and Islam Feruz plus an own goal secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory…

04.11.2012

GOAL OF THE MONTH NOW OPEN

With another month of the season completed, we have five more spectacular goals to choose from for the chance to win hospitality tickets to Chelsea v Aston Villa on December 23.

03.11.2012

FINAL WHISTLE VERDICT: LATE LAMENT

Having seen what looked like a return to winning ways in the league denied by a late Swansea equaliser, Roberto Di Matteo backed his side to show their resolve in the weeks ahead…

03.11.2012

MATCH REPORT: SWANSEA CITY 1 CHELSEA 1

Victor Moses with a second-half header gave the Blues the lead but a late Swansea equaliser means we slip from the top of the table on a wintry afternoon in Wales…

03.11.2012

YOUTH REPORT: MANCHESTER CITY 0 CHELSEA 2

Second half goals from Charlie Colkett and substitute George Cole ensured the Blues took maximum points back to London and remain unbeaten this season…

03.11.2012

VENUE CHANGE FOR UNDER-21S

Chelsea’s Under-21s are in action on Sunday away to Manchester City, with the venue their Platt Lane training ground, not Hyde FC as originally scheduled…

DI MATTEO: BE AT OUR BEST

Roberto Di Matteo has called for a ‘perfect game’ from his side if we are to beat Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, a task made harder by the absence of Ashley Cole through injury.

We approach tomorrow evening’s game knowing anything less than a win, combined with a Juventus victory in Italy against FC Nordsjaelland, will make qualification for the knockout stages difficult.

Di Matteo, however, believes his men are well prepared for must-win matches, having come through similar fixtures last season on our way to lifting the European Cup in Munich, and has no concerns about once again throwing Ryan Bertrand into the line-up.

‘Ashley won’t be available for tomorrow. He has a problem with his hamstring. He shouldn’t be too long out but the game tomorrow is too soon for him,’ Di Matteo confirmed.

‘It’s a real shame because he’s got all the experience you need in games like this so it is a real blow for us. On the other hand JT is available again for us. In these games over a long season you have to take into consideration that you might have a few injuries.

‘Ryan has always performed very well for us every time he has played. He has that little bit of experience which helps and I have confidence he will play a great game.’

Di Matteo hopes to have David Luiz and Juan Mata back in contention but will not know until after Tuesday evening’s training session at Stamford Bridge, while Frank Lampard remains out.

‘We need to wait for the last session tonight to check the availability for tomorrow and see how they come through tonight in the training session,’ he said.

‘Frank is still about seven to 10 days away, so we will have to wait and see how he progresses but he is not far away.’

Having been beaten 2-1 in Donetsk a fortnight ago, Di Matteo will expect better from his players on home soil but appreciates the size of the task facing them in a side that is dominating their own Ukrainian league and shows no fear away from home.

‘I think we need to be at our best. We need a perfect game,’ the manager said. ‘Every player on the pitch needs to perform at the highest of their ability.

‘In Donetsk the early goal helped them massively, and then to play a bit on the counter, so it’s important we start well and get the crowd behind us, and draw confidence from a good start.

‘The way they went to Turin and played shows the confidence they have. At home we’re a very strong team and will need to show it, put them under pressure and score the goals we need.’

Typically for an Italian coach, Di Matteo will also be demanding defensive discipline from his players.

‘You look at the goals in the Champions League and the ones we have conceded we have many players behind the ball, it isn’t like we have been caught out,’ he explained. ‘Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition for the quality they have, but we have to focus on what we can do and the problems we can create for the opposition.

‘Our defensive organisation has been good. We’ve had defensive mistakes but when we’re fully focused we’re a very good team.’

Asked what his side’s secret to success in this competition has been, Di Matteo took a second to think before responding.

‘One is the strong mentality this team has, and the experience they have of performing in big games like this, not to feel the pressure too much, and also good players,’ he reasoned. ‘We have good players in our ranks and when they manage to perform at their best we are a very strong team.

‘We’ve had must-win games and tomorrow is another one like that. We need to play a perfect game tomorrow against Shakhtar, but we are strong at home. We found that over many years and we will be fired up to win it.’

After defeat in Donetsk, Di Matteo reckoned we would need to win our two remaining home games, against Shakhtar and Nordsjaelland, if we are to avoid being the first reigning champions not to make it out of the Champions League group stages, and it is a claim he stands by.

‘We certainly have to win our home games, I still believe that and hopefully we can do that tomorrow. If we win it’s in our hands and that’s what we want,’ he said. ‘It’s important for the club to have a successful campaign and that means we need to win tomorrow.’

Di Matteo also gave his reaction to the news that Stamford Bridge will be hosting the Women’s Champions League Final in 2013.

‘For us it’s a great honour to be able to organise sch a big game at Stamford Bridge,’ he said. ‘I admire women’s football, I do watch it, the national football, and I think we will be a great host here for the Final.’

IT'S A MATA OF THE MIND

Juan Mata met local children during a Celebration of Education Through Football (ETF) event at Stamford Bridge yesterday (Monday).

The Spaniard was joined by Chelsea Foundation trustees and delegates from the Premier League and the PFA for the occasion.

The event saw the Chelsea Foundation’s education manager Jeff Gayle give a presentation on the initiative, which uses the power of Chelsea Football Club to improve children’s maths, English and history.

Local headmaster Jared Brading also spoke about the project and how it has been received at schools before children from Servite Primary School in Fulham met Mata for a Q and A.

‘Education is really important and I’m really proud the club is using the pull of Chelsea to help these children to learn,’ said Mata.

‘Chelsea has done very well with this kind of project, which helps kids have a future. It’s very important for the club to have programmes like this and I’m very proud because education allows you to grow as a person.

‘It was also brilliant to meet these children, because every footballer loves to see the excitement on their faces, it reminds us of how we were when we were growing up. They also had some really good questions to ask,’ added Chelsea’s number 10.

There are four strands to the ETF programme – maths and IT, literacy, anti-discrimination workshops and a senior fans programme called Alive and Kicking.

Kickstart Maths and IT uses the power of football to help children struggling in these areas to increase their maths and IT skills. Teachers reported that over 90 per cent of pupils attending achieved a better-than-expected rise in their attainment Levels.

The literacy and history strand is based around the Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman book Billy the Kid: a story of a boy growing up in the 1930s. Billy’s dream to play for Chelsea FC is interrupted by the war with tragic consequences. Class teachers are given resource packs based on the book, which fit in with the Primary Literacy Framework and the history curriculum.

The Alive and Kicking project sees senior fans coming to the Hubs at Stamford Bridge and Cobham to learn computer skills. They also have a further role in Education Through Football because they visit schools taking part in the programme to speak about their experiences growing up during the war.

ETF has been running for eight years and reached over 6000 Year 5/6 pupils. Last year the programme was delivered to 1675 pupils across schools in Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth and Elmbridge in Cobham.