Roberto Di Matteo: 'Manchester United game not affecting team selection'

Di Matteo 'not thinking' about Man Utd
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Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo insists that his team selection for his side's Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk will not be affected by this weekend's Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has insisted that he will not rest players against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, despite this weekend's Premier League clash against Manchester United.

The Blues continue the defence of their European trophy in Ukraine this evening but Di Matteo has claimed that Sunday's top-of-the-table clash is far from his mind.

"I won't think about Manchester United, only this game," said Di Matteo. "We've got to focus on it, try to win the game and that's a big, big boost for our campaign in the Champions League."

Meanwhile, the former West Bromwich Albion coach has claimed that captain John Terry, who has been banned for four domestic matches for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, remains the "leader" of the club.

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