Belfast Telegraph

Di Matteo to make changes for Arsenal

Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has confirmed he is likely to make changes for Saturday's top-four showdown with Arsenal at the Emirates.

After backing up Sunday's FA Cup semi-final triumph over Tottenham by recording an outstanding semi-final first-leg win against Barcelona, Di Matteo is aware some of his players may be getting tired and he needs to rotate his squad.

"We will have to assess the players but there is a good chance some fresh ones will come in," said Di Matteo, who will take the Blues to the Nou Camp for the second leg on Tuesday.

The squad rotation for Saturday should mean the return of £50million record signing Fernando Torres, who remained on the bench throughout Wednesday night's 1-0 win over Barca, and probably Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Saloman Kalou and Jose Bosingwa.

"I left a few players out against Barcelona because I have to make decisions," said Di Matteo.

"We will see about Saturday but I have it in mind to give one or two a start."

Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League but victory would, briefly, lift them into fourth spot, above Tottenham and Newcastle, and leave the Blues just four points adrift of third-placed Arsenal with a game in hand.


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