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Schedule not a problem insists Di Matteo

December might be a month which defines Chelsea’s season as they could have a whopping nine games to cope with, but blues boss Roberto di Matteo is confident that his squad will be able to deal with the congested fixture list.

The London club has the usual Premier League fixtures, a crucial home match against Nordsjaelland in the Champions League, A Capital One Cup clash against Leeds United and is flying over to Japan to take part in the Club World Cup because they won the Champions League last season.

Speaking to Sky Sports he said: “It will certainly put a big strain on the team, because it is a trip to the other side of the world with different time zones while the Premier League is still playing on.

“We will have to deal with that. But we have got a big enough squad that I think we should be able to cope with it.”

It is a testing time for the blues and it could define the outcome of their season, contrary to what di Matteo thinks about the size of the squad, many of them are lacking match sharpness and have not accumulated enough game time to suggest that they can come in and do a good job for the club.

He has failed to rotate his starting eleven as it is on a regular basis and many of them will no doubt be feeling the effects of playing so many games already this season.