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Monday, April 2, 2012

Di Matteo warns his players

Chelsea boss knows side came close to throwing away Villa win

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Roberto Di Matteo believes Chelsea were handed a timely wake-up call by Aston Villa ahead of their key UEFA Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday.
The west London side seemed to be cruising to victory on Saturday after strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Branislav Ivanovic. But the interim boss could only look on in horror as Villa hit back late on with two goals in 10 minutes to get them back on level terms and set up a nervy finish. Another from Ivanovic and a late fourth from Fernando Torres eventually sealed the win but acted as a timely reminder to Di Matteo. He knows that a clean sheet will see them through in Europe as they are 1-0 up from the first leg in Portugal, but the Italian says they cannot relax for one minute if they are to stay in the competition.
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