Chelsea’s Di Matteo not concerned by Bayern’s ‘home advantage’
Interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo believes both sides will have an equal chance in May's Champions League final
Roberto Di Matteo insists Bayern Munich’s ‘home advantage’ will not be an excuse should Chelsea lose to the Bundesliga outfit in the Champions League final next month.
Bayern set up a European showdown with the Blues at their home ground, the Alianz Arena, after beating Real Madrid on penalties in a dramatic semi-final second leg at the Bernabeu.
But the interim Chelsea boss believes both sides will have an equal chance of lifting the trophy in Germany on 19 May despite the venue.
“At the end of the day it’s a one-off game,” he told a news conference on Friday. “We go into the game, both teams, with the same chance.
“Whether it’s going to be an advantage for them [or not], we will know after the game. How do you know? When you set the place for the final you don’t know who’s going to be there so it’s just a coincidence and it happens to be a home ground for Bayern.”
Di Matteo, whose side take on Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, insists he is not thinking about his future as Chelsea boss, with calls for him to be appointed as the Blues’ permanent manager growing following Tuesday’s triumph over Barcelona.
“Nothing has changed from my point of view,” he said. “I’m still very happy to be able to get this club to the end of the season and then the club will make a decision.
“Like six weeks ago, I’m very relaxed about that. It’s irrelevant at this point of the season. What’s important is that the spirit of the players is good. We just have to keep this momentum going until the end of the season.
“I think it’s amazing that this group of players has responded so well to the difficulties they faced this season. We’re looking at finishing fourth in the Premier League and playing in two finals.”