Di Matteo to mix things up

Blues boss planning to make changes for Gunners date

Roberto Di Matteo: Has Chelsea competing on multiple fronts

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Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that he is planning to shuffle his pack when Chelsea face fellow top-four hopefuls Arsenal on Saturday.

Both sides are desperate for points in their efforts to book a place in next season's UEFA Champions League, but are aware of the need to avoid pushing players too far.

That is certainly the case for Chelsea, following a busy week of knockout competition.

The Blues have taken in semi-final dates with Tottenham and Barcelona in their last two fixtures, with positive results picked up in the FA Cup and Champions League.

With both of those competitions still offering ample opportunity for Chelsea to pick up major silverware this term, Di Matteo must start to juggle his resources and ensure that he gives his side the best possible chance of tasting success on multiple fronts.


That means squad rotation is the order of the day at Stamford Bridge, with the side that lines up against the Gunners this weekend likely to include a number of those who saw little or no European action in midweek - with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Essien, Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda in contention for starting berths.

"We will have to assess the players but there is a good chance some fresh ones will come in," said Di Matteo.

"Also, they deserve to be in the team as well.

"I left a few players out against Barcelona because I have to make decisions.

"We will see about Saturday but I have it in mind to give one or two a start."