Roberto Di Matteo
ROBERTO Di Matteo is remaining tight-lipped over his team selection for Chelsea's remaining two matches of the season.
Blues face a league finale against Blackburn on Sunday which has nothing riding on it for either team. Chelsea cannot come any higher or lower than sixth place in the league – their lowest finish for a decade. Meanwhile Blackburn are also unable to alter their fate - 19th and relegated.
Then, six days later, they travel to the Allianz-Arena for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Di Matteo would not be pressed on whether he would rest players this weekend, ahead of what is yet to come.
“I don't know, we'll see,” he said. “We also had injuries (at Liverpool). We had five players not available and we'll have to see how the players are now after the game.”
Two central defenders, David Luiz and Gary Cahill, are of particular concern.
Di Matteo said: “We'll check on their progress and see how they are going to develop. We're obviously working towards their fitness and trying to get them back. But now I cannot answer the question. They weren't available for (Liverpool), so we'll have to see.
“Ideally, I would like everybody that can be available available.”
Di Matteo also has the problem of whether to give more game time to Michael Essien – a man he will probably have to call-on for the Munich game.
The Ghanaian has been used only sparingly since his return from a serious knee injury in January, and is working hard to reach his best match form.
Di Matteo said of Essien's slow progress: “It's because he's been out for a long time. Obviously it takes a bit of time to get back into the rhythm. I'm sure that next season with a full pre-season he will start the season fine.
“I think I'll have to think about the team (v Bayern Munich), as we have those suspensions.
“And I'll have to think about how to play, and which players fit best into our set-up for the final.”