Football: Schalke's di Matteo targets point in Champions League against ex-club Chelsea

BERLIN (AFP) - Schalke coach Roberto di Matteo has targeted taking at least a point when the Royal Blues host his former club Chelsea in Tuesday's Champions League clash.

The sides drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge in September's opening round of Champions League matches, when Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalised in the second-half after Cesc Fabregas had given the hosts an early lead.

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea hold a three-point lead at the top of Group G with second-placed Schalke on course to join them in the knock-out stages.

Both sides warmed up for the Gelsenkirchen clash with victories on Saturday, as Chelsea romped to a 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League while Schalke posted an impressive 3-2 win over second-placed Wolfsburg which ended Wolves eight-match winning streak.

"Wins always do the self-confidence a bit of good and we'll take a lot of positives from the game and see where we can improve," said Matteo, who has won all four home matches since taking charge last month.

"Chelsea also played and they are in the same position as us in terms of recovery.

"We have the Champions League game on Tuesday where everything is still open and anything can happen, but we want to take at least a point from the home game."

The Schalke job is di Matteo's first since being sacked by Chelsea in November 2012 despite having steered them to the Champions League title that May after beating Bayern Munich on a penalty shoot-out in the Bavarian capital.

But the Italian insists his emotions will be under control for the Gelsenkirchen clash.

"For me personally, I'll just concentrate on my work of trying to win the game with Schalke," he insisted.