Chelsea cannot afford to lose, admits boss

first_imgInterim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has admitted that a defeat against Tottenham would be a hammer blow to his team’s chances of securing a top-four finish.Spurs have dropped to fourth and the Blues are hoping to capitalise on their London rivals’ recent wobble by beating them at Stamford Bridge.A loss, however, would hand the initiative back to Harry Redknapp’s side and increase the chances of Chelsea missing out on next season’s Champions League.AdChoices广告Di Matteo said: “Obviously, a win would give us a big, big lift. Also if we manage a draw, I think we’re still in it. If we lose, then I think it will be very difficult.“Mathematically it would still be possible so we will fight until the end but we are looking to have a good game.”Skipper John Terry has been passed fit to return following injury, but fellow defender Branislav Ivanovic is a doubt after picking up a thigh problem against Manchester City in midweek.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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