Di Matteo wants Super Cup
Di Matteo saw his side maintain their perfect start to the
Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday and
then declared the Blues will now go all out to win on Sunday.
Goals from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres were enough to
overcome a spirited Newcastle side and now the European champions
face a trip to Monaco to face Europa League winners Atletico.
The annual competition has sometimes been derided but Di Matteo
wants to add another piece of silverware to the FA Cup and
Champions League successes he has already masterminded during his
short tenure as Chelsea boss.
“We are happy we are going into the Super Cup final with three
wins and everybody fit and hopefully we can win another
international trophy for this football club,” the Italian said.
“(I will take it) very seriously. It is not a friendly. It is a
European trophy that we want to win, not be resting people
Captain John Terry missed the win over the Magpies through
injury and will also sit out the Super Cup clash as he serves
another match of his suspension picked up following his red card in
the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against
But Frank Lampard, who had a three-minute cameo on Saturday, is
likely to return to the starting line-up having been given a rest
by Di Matteo after a busy start to the new season.
“He played in the Community Shield, he went with England and
played and then played against Wigan and Reading,” Di Matteo said
of the 34-year-old midfielder.
“He is a very important player to us but, like I said, I
utilised the squad. I had a fresher player that played (yesterday)
and this is important that we do utilise everybody because we
played three games in six days.”
Di Matteo also confirmed David Luiz will be available after the
Brazil defender needed a bandage on a head wound following a clash
with Demba Ba towards the end of Saturday’s game.
New signings Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses, who were
unveiled at Stamford Bridge before the start of the Newcastle game,
will also be part of the squad for Friday’s match.