By ESPNSTAR.com staff
European champions Chelsea are set to participate in the Club World Cup alongside the likes of Corinthians, Ulsan Hyundai and Monterrey. The annual tournament will take place in Japan and will pit the champions from various federations around the world.
The Blues are also currently active in the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup and trail Manchester United by three points in the Barclays Premier League.
Earlier, Di Matteo had gone on record stating his concern that the packed schedule could could jeopardise his team's chances of winning the FIFA tournament as well as cause unnecessary injuries. The club attempted to to postpone their December 8 fixture against Sunderland but the bid was rejected, much to Di Matteo's annoyance.
But the Italian is now confident that his side have the requisite depth to deal with the demands of participating in four competitions.
"It will certainly put a big strain on the team, because it is a trip to the other side of the world with different time zones while the Premier League is still playing on," Di Matteo told reporters on Wednesday.
"We will have to deal with that. But we have got a big enough squad that I think we should be able to cope with it."
Petr Cech voiced similar thoughts as his manager and reiterated that the team would play to the best of their abilities in all nine games over the coming month.
"I am glad I will have the opportunity to go there. Obviously it will make our fixtures here a bit more complicated," Cech commented.
"But that is the way it is. I would rather have a chance to go and play and have a better week."
Chelsea have never participated in the tournament but won the UEFA Super Cup back in 1998.