Chelsea boss pledges to find strategy to upset Barcelona

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo insists Chelsea are capable of overcoming Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League.Barca will be strong favourites to reach the final – partly because of the Blues’ struggle to overcome 10-man Benfica in Wednesday’s second leg at Stamford Bridge.But interim boss Di Matteo believes his team can cause the Catalan giants problems, both by stifling them and having attacking intent of their own.AdChoices广告Lampard netted a crucial penalty in the 2-1 win against Benfica.“I think it will be a combination [of the two],” he explained.“We will find a strategy that will suit our players and a team to face Barcelona.“They obviously have some individual players that are a big threat and very dangerous, but we also have to play our game and play to our strengths.“It will be exciting to play two games against probably one of the best teams in the world.”The Italian admitted that Chelsea were not at their best against Benfica, who caused them problems even after the first-half sending-off of Maxi Pereira“We didn’t keep possession with the extra man as much as we would have liked,” Di Matteo said.“Our team wasn’t as sparkling as we would have hoped – maybe a little tired in stages.“But we are pleased we won the game and over the two legs I believe we deserve to go through.”See also: Chelsea stumble past Benfica to secure semi-final clash with Barca Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Lae to savour big grand final day

first_imgPresident Alex Toki says this grand final will be one of the biggest in the history of soccer in the LFA and will feature all the 11 division teams, both women and men’s.Toki says the grand final day will feature under 17, Under 20, Under 20 Reserves grade both men’s and women’s , 1st Division men’s, A League and Premiers.Toki says two fields will be used and before the main grand final there will be a curtain raiser game between Lae Masters and Wau Masters, both team’s players comprise old Morobe soccer players plus the grand final of Meri Futbol in junior women’s  program.Toki said in under 17 women’s,  Bara will take on 12A Pascols while in Men’s Balob will go up against Zilu Scientific West. In under 20 women’s 8 Mile Pukpuks will challenge Malabu  while Men’s will see Ahi taking on ADCO and Balob up against Malabu in under 20 division two.Another grand final match in the under 20 reserve division two will see City United challenging Blue Kumuls while in other reserves men’s,  Poro will challenge Trobriand Island.The main game in the afternoon will be between Wantoks and Lae Biscuit Poro  in women’s A League division while B League men’s  will feature Eriku wawens testing  Chakalua and will end with Premier League division grand final between City United taking on Lae Biscuit Poro.Toki said that the games will feature new and upcoming NSL players and urged NSL team selectors to make their way to Lae and watch the game.last_img read more

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