DI MATTEO: ALL THAT MATTERS

Roberto Di Matteo says Saturday's Champions League Final could be the biggest match in Chelsea's history.

We meet Bayern Munich in their own stadium on Saturday, looking to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's 107-year existence. The Italian believes it would be an achievement of enormous magnitude.

'This game can decide the history of our football club,' he said. 'It would obviously be the first time we would win the European Champions League. That's all that matters and all we are focusing on.

'Both teams have a chance to win, it is 50-50, and we will try to do our best.

'A final is a game where anything can happen. We just have to go into it with the belief and confidence that we can win it, and try our best and see what the outcome is. We are facing a very strong European club with a lot of experience in the Champions League and it will be difficult, but to reach the final was a difficult road as well.'

Indeed we came from behind against Napoli before seeing off Benfica and Barcelona to reach the Final. It is our second appearance in five years having lost out on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow in 2008.

'I'd be absolutely delighted to win the Champions League trophy for this club and very happy with the players. We have worked so hard to get to this point and over many years we have tried many times to reach this goal,' Di Matteo continued.

'The thing is to reach a Champions League final is very difficult. Even the younger players don't know when they will have the chance again. So certainly for some of our older players it might be more difficult to be in another final or win it, but also for the youngsters, it's not that easy. Some of our players have experienced it four years ago thinking it would happen again and it proved difficult.'

Asked if some players still bore the scars of that rainy Russian evening, Di Matteo responded by suggesting time would have eased the pain.

'It's four years ago and people move on,' he said. 'I think it's a different game, a different team and as much as you want to talk about the past we are looking to the present and the future. We are going to prepare ourselves for every eventuality that can happen in the game.

'We've practiced penalties all the way, not just this week. We will do some more this week but all season we have done that.'

We have four players suspended for Saturday's Final, but Di Matteo says that John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires can still contribute to our preparations.

'The suspended players will have to support the rest of the team and the squad and be influential in the build-up this week and on the day of the game with the experience they have,' he said.

We are not the only ones with suspension issues, with Bayern also missing three in Holger Badstuber, David Alaba and Gustavo. Despite that, Di Matteo says we face a huge challenge against the Germans.

'We have a few players suspended for the final and we have to try and find a solution with a good balance in our team and put a strong team out that is confident of winning the Final.

'Maybe, because of the environment and the pitch it could give them an advantage, but on the other side they have a bit of extra pressure playing at home, so I'm not sure if it is or isn't an advantage.'

German media suggested in the wake of their 5-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the weekend that if you can prevent wide men Franck Ribery, and former Chelsea player Arjen Robben from operating effectively, you can stop Bayern from winning.

'I don't think it's quite as easy and straightforward as that,' Di Matteo argued.

''They are two wonderful players who have been crucial to Bayern's success. Robben we know very well from the time he spent here with us. They are exceptional players but it is not just them.

'They have lots of good players to win many titles in Germany and be competitive in the Champions League. You need a whole team, Muller and Gomez, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, they have a lot of quality.

I watched [goalkeeper Manuel Neuer] when he was at Schalke as well. He is a top goalkeeper and I didn't need the shootout [against Real Madrid] or to watch him lately to know his qualities, he is a fantastic goalkeeper.'

Di Matteo and his staff already know all about the opposition. The task now is to look around the Chelsea dressing room to find the right side to deal with them. More may be known when Di Matteo addresses the press next, in Munich, on Friday.

The Champions League Final match programme is now on sale in the Megastore at Stamford Bridge.