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Roberto Di Matteo unfazed by Manchester United clash as Chelsea prepare for Shakhtar Donetsk tie

By Dean Wilkins

Chelsea chief Roberto Di Matteo is putting their juggernaut league clash against Manchester United to the back of his mind as his side prepare for their Champions League tie tonight.

The Champions League holders travel to Ukraine to face the 2009 Europa League winners Shakhtar Donetsk and is employing an out of sight, out of mind attitude before the Blues host United.

John Terry, banned for four matches for racism, is expected to be recalled to the squad for the Group E encounter as Di Matteo focusses his attention on emulating his European success.

“I won’t be thinking about Manchester United, only this game,” said the Italian. “We have to focus on it, try to win the game and that’s a big, big boost for our campaign in the Champions League.”

Although he picked his strongest side for the 4-2 comeback win against Tottenham on Saturday, Di Matteo may also rest key players ahead of the Premier League’s top two head-to-head.

“There are always knocks and bruises and maybe some fatigue as well considering the majority of our team have been away on international duty,” he added.

“Some of them have played two games for their country and all these things are things to think about.”

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