Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has dismissed talk they were lucky to lift the European Cup as they begin the defence of their title against Juventus. Then-caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo guided Chelsea to European glory last season (Picture: PA) Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the final on penalties after frustrating Barcelona in the semis, leading Liverpool legend Graeme Souness to claim: ‘Nobody in the history of football has ever had that much luck.’ But Di Matteo hit back when he said: ‘They said the same about many other managers when they won. ‘You deserve everything you get, and I think we worked very hard for it. ‘We prepared ourselves very well against our opposition. It can’t just be that [luck].’ Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel did concede Chelsea were ‘kind of lucky’ to become kings of Europe, but insisted they now had a team capable of historic back-to-back triumphs. Ahead of tonight’s match at Stamford Bridge, Mikel said of the lucky tag: ‘I think we worked very hard for what we achieved last season. But, at the same time, you need luck in everything that you do. ‘So, yeah, we were kind of lucky but, this season, it’s a different story altogether. We brought in new players that are going to help us in this campaign. ‘And hopefully, we can go very, very far in this tournament and get to the final again.’ Italian champions Juventus, unbeaten in 42 Serie A games, want to show their prowess by taking the scalp of last year’s winners. But Mikel believes Chelsea can live with the pressure of being the team everyone wants to beat this time around. The Nigeria international added: ‘It does add to pressure on us but we are more relaxed because we’ve done it, this club’s won it now.’
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