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Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has said that Chelsea captain John Terry will be able to handle any boos he receives at the Emirates, after the defender was fined 220,000 pounds and handed a four-match ban after the FA found him guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Chelsea make the short trip across London to take on Arsenal in the early kick-off on Saturday in a game that should really be about the quality of attacking talent on display rather than the off the field drama that has hogged the headlines over the course of the week.
Di Matteo believes his captain has the goods necessary to handle all the criticism, sharing in an interview with Goal.com, "He's an experienced player, playing many games before, difficult games under difficult circumstances and environments. So if selected I don't think there will be a problem."
The Italian boss continued, "The spirit in the camp is good, we are in good shape, and good form. We are confident so we don't really care too much the way the outside world, the external environment sees us, we have to focus on our strength, that's the way we operate. It's a big game every time Arsenal and Chelsea play each other. These are two teams in good form. I think it's going to be an exciting game, I'm looking forward to it."
Di Matteo also added that Terry would continue to hold the captain's arm-band for Chelsea in spite of being charged of racial abuse.
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