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Friday, May 11, 2012
RDM: After Barca, Bayern hold no fear

ESPN staff

Manager Roberto Di Matteo believes beating Barcelona means Chelsea should have no reason to fear Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

Chelsea face the German side at the Allianz Arena next Saturday, as they bid to win Europe's premier club competition for the first time.

The FA Cup winners defeated Barcelona over two legs to get to the showpiece final, and Di Matteo believes that if the west London club can beat the Catalans then they should have the confidence to know they can beat anyone.

"If you manage to go through two legs against Barcelona, I think then you can beat anybody in European football," Di Matteo said at Chelsea's player of the year awards. "They're supposed to be the best team and I think we have a fantastic group of players with tremendous quality and belief.

"The confidence is very high. The spirit is very high."

Di Matteo is currently only the club's interim manager, with chief executive Ron Gourlay re-iterating on Thursday that the club's hierarchy will only make a decision over the next full-time appointment at the season's conclusion.

Regardless of the outcome of those discussions, the Italian is pleased with the job he has done since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

"We've enjoyed a good eight, nine weeks. The players have been fantastic with me," he said. "They've performed at the highest level possible and we've found ourselves in a great position now to win the biggest trophy in European football."

Juan Mata was named the club's player of the year at Thursday's awards ceremony, and the Spaniard is hoping to cap off a fine debut campaign at Stamford Bridge with Champions League glory.

"It's an amazing season for me," Mata said. "We won the FA Cup in my first year. We have the chance to win the Champions League - history for this club. So I'll never forget this season."




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