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May 18, 2012

Di Matteo confident for for final

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo insists his side can emerge victorious from this weekend's Champions League final, despite the game taking place in Bayern's home stadium.

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Di Matteo, who has guided Chelsea past Barcelona, Benfica and Napoli en-route to this weekend's showpiece has no doubts that his side are capable of winning on Saturday.

Responding to a question on owner Roman Abramovich's long held desires to triumph in the Champions League, the Italian interim manager insisted he had no idea how the Russian will approach the game.

"We can win it,'' Di Matteo insisted. "We have to believe and have the confidence to do so.

"I don't know how somebody else feels. I can only guess he is excited. Sooner or later it will come. We hope it's tomorrow. But with the quality that's been at this club before and will certainly come into this club again, it will happen.''

It was a message echoed by midfielder Frank Lampard, who dismissed the notion that he has more contact with the owner than players elsewhere.

"I haven't had direct message from the owner,'' Lampard confirmed. "The general message is always there. He has put a lot into this club. Without him, we wouldn't be sitting here now. He's always been behind us. You don't get into a final very often. We want to win it now.''

"People think that we ring up the owner now and again and decide who comes and who'll be sacked. That's not how it works at this club. It shouldn't be like that at any club. A decision like that is taken out of your hands.''

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