Chelsea travels to Ukraine to face a Shakhtar Donetsk team that is fighting to stay on top of Group E after strong showing their first two matches.
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Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo has his team playing well and after a convincing victory on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspurs, Di Matteo looks to put his team in a good position to advance to the next round.
The Blues do know that they will be playing their toughest opponent on Tuesday as Shakhtar Donetsk has as many points as Chelsea and has easily found the net in previous matches.
"Shakhtar are a very good side. I`m not sure everyone is aware of that as people don`t know much about the Ukrainian league and don`t feel it is as strong as some European Leagues," Di Matteo told reporters during a press conference.
"But they have a good record in European competition and have shown in the games against Nordsjaelland and Juventus, especially in Turin, what a good team they are," he added.
The strong offensive performances that Chelsea has produced in recent weeks will be balanced well with the return of John Terry on the back line, who will do well to plug the middle of play.
Terry was fined by the Football Association for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. While Terry serves a 4-game domestic league ban, he is still permitted to play for Chelsea in international competitions.
This should be an explosive match, with plenty of goals scored. Chelsea has failed to score only in one of the 13 competitions they have played thus far this season and Shakhtar has only one shutout in the last five matches. The Ukrainians also have the ability to finish, given that it has been nearly a year since they failed to score in a competitive match.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45 EDT and can be watched online here.
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