Di Matteo eyes FA Cup glory
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has talked up the importance of reaching the FA Cup final, even at the expense of the Champions League.
The Blues have the chance to book their place in the Wembley showpiece game when they take on Tottenham on Sunday and the Italian is vowing to play his strongest team.
It had been suggested that tomorrow's semi-final was not a priority for Di Matteo as they gear up for a punishing end to the campaign, which includes a two-legged encounter with reigning European champions Barcelona in the competition owner Roman Abramovich has made no secret of his desire to win.
However, the acting Chelsea boss is not prepared to risk putting out a weakened line-up against Spurs, to help him fulfil that dream, even though it will be played just three days before their first leg semi against Barcelona.
Di Matteo said: "Whatever it takes for us to reach the final, we will do.
"We're not going to throw anything away, absolutely not.
"This is a massive game for the players, the team and for the club, and for our supporters. A big, big game for us. Nobody will have Barcelona at the back of their minds. We are going to be focused on the FA Cup on Sunday, to try and reach the final."
The Blues only have Arsenal coming up this month as both sides battle to secure a Champions League qualification spot.