Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has warned that his side are not certain to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League despite moving to the top of Group E with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Danish outfit FC Nordsjaelland. The victory puts them ahead of Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on goal difference, who are the Blues’ next opponents in a double header, and two points ahead of Serie A champions Juventus.
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“The Ukrainian champions are a very good team, and it’s going to be hard for us to qualify,” Di Matteo said. “For us, it was important to win [against Nordsjaelland]. The scoreline shows four goals scored and none conceded, so that’s pleasing. Away from home, it’s not easy in this competition.”
The defending European champions have made a very good start to the season and lie three points clear at the top of the Premier League after their impressive 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium over London rivals Arsenal at the weekend.
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