Roberto Di Matteo has come out fighting as Chelsea prepare to face Benfica in the Champions League quarter finals.
Frank Lampard and Petr Cech have both publicly questioned the team’s ability to compete at the highest level after a below par season which sees the Blues struggling to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
But Di Matteo insists they are still capable of competing with the best and delivering on the biggest stage, something they must prove in the coming weeks.
“This season has proven very difficult for us, there is no doubt about that,” Di Matteo said.
“Chelsea are a team used to finishing in the top two or three. In the league we are a little bit behind in terms of points but we are in the semi finals of a domestic cup and the quarter finals of the Champions League.
“I have a lot of faith in these players and this team. They have shown and proven in the last few weeks that they can play with high intensity at a high level against any team.
“I am positive about my team but my players are positive too. We have great belief in our abilities and that is what we are going to try and express tomorrow.”
Di Matteo also responded to question marks about Chelsea’s goalscoring options.
But Di Matteo revealed he isn’t bothered who scores as long as someone does.
“We have scored 13 goals in the last six games and we have had three clean sheets so the team is in good shape and looks defensively solid,” he added.
“As long as someone in my team scores I don’t care who scores. It has been proven in our last games that everyone seems to be getting a goal.
“Drogba has scored, Torres has scored and other players have scored as well.”