Chelsea interim manager Roberto di Matteo has expressed his confidence that star striker Didier Drogba will be fit for the crucial second leg encounter with Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Drogba scored the only goal of the game in the first leg encounter between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge.
The goal that came in the injury time a first half has provided Chelsea with a lead to protect when they go to the Camp Nou. Chelsea played a very defensive formation at Stamford Bridge, and Drogba also helped out in defence. However, he was absent for the match against Arsenal during the weekend after picking up a knock in the Barcelona match.
Yet, Roberto di Matteo has said that Chelsea should expect to have Drogba back in the side when they take on Barcelona in the second leg. It is going to be extremely tough for Chelsea to get into the final of the Champions League, but they have definitely given them a chance with the Drogba goal. If Chelsea to go through to the final beating Barcelona, then it would be one of the biggest achievements of the club in recent seasons because many adjudge Barcelona to be the best team in the world.
“At this moment of time, I don’t know. We’ll have to assess the players over the course of the weekend. He has an injury on his knee, which is why he did not play here, so it’s whether the progression on this injury will be quick enough for him to feature,” said Roberto di Matteo after the 0-0 draw with Arsenal. Theo Walcott managed to rupture his hamstring in the match, which is likely to rule him out of the Euro 2012. Arsene Wenger expressed his disappointment after losing the 23-year-old star for the rest of the season.