Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has said that they are ready to win the Champions League this season.
Jose Mourinho’s side were knocked out in the last 16 by Paris Saint-Germain last term, although they did win the Premier League and Capital One Cup double.
Matic has insisted that Chelsea can compete on all fronts in 2015-16, and sent out a warning to their European rivals that the Blues will not be intimidated by anybody.
“Of course we’re not happy that we didn’t play so well in the Champions League but we hope this season we can go further,” he is quoted by the Guardian as saying.
“My dream is to win it and we will see if we are ready to win this season. To be champion you need to have everything: quality, luck and everything. This season I hope we have more luck and with our quality I think that this is enough to be champion.
“I think we have quality like the big teams. We are a big team and we will show that this season, I’m sure. We are ready, like I said. We are ready to compete with everyone. I’m not scared. Our players can compete with all the big stars. That’s why they are Chelsea players. I believe in their quality.
“We shouldn’t have lost the game against PSG. Of course every game you don’t win, after that game you feel like you should do better but this is football. Sometimes a team is a little bit tired and you can feel it on the pitch. From outside you can’t see it. The most important thing is most of the games we win.
“Last season we showed our quality and took two trophies. It’s difficult, especially when you’re in the Premier League, to win both but we are ready for the season.”
Chelsea won the Champions League for the first time in their history in the 2011-2012 season, with Didier Drogba the hero as they beat Bayern Munich in a dramatic penalty shootout.