AVB unable to overcome the London Blues Chelsea defeat Spurs 4-2 in a goal fiesta
Chelsea turned out to be victors from the fierce London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night, but the explosive affair had more than one reason for drawing attention. It was the first time Andre Villas-Boas, who is managing Tottenham Hotspur, was up against his former employers since he got sacked from Chelsea.
Andre Villas-Boas’ assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo took over from the Portuguese and recorded unprecedented success with Chelsea. Roberto Di Matteo helped the Blues win the FA Cup before taking home their first Champions League trophy.
Roberto Di Matteo and Co. were found to be in sublime form once again yesterday. Gary Cahill drew first blood for Chelsea, but a goal from William Gallas and Jermain Defoe put Tottenham Hotspur one goal up.
Juan Mata scored a brace within three minutes to put Chelsea in lead once again and in injury time Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score one more goal for Chelsea. In spite of Chelsea’s superb form Roberto Di Matteo refuses to declare his team as title contenders.
“I think I would say it is too early to say that,” Roberto Di Matteo said. “There are 30 games still to play. It makes us a team that is strong and makes our start even better, but with 30 more games I still think that you have to wait until the Christmas period.”
Roberto Di Matteo’s new attacking midfielders; Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar were an eye catching sight yesterday. The Italian was all praise for the three midfielders and believes they will even better performances in the upcoming days.
Roberto Di Matteo, who used to play as a midfielder for Chelsea, admits it’s the club’s winning mentality that’s helping them maintain a good record. Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table with seven victories and a single draw.
“Ultimately we want to win games, we want to win in the way we think we can win games with the players we have,” Roberto Di Matteo said. “We don't go out and just say 'let's play good football and lose'. Our philosophy is to play in a certain way because we believe with the players we have that is the way to win games.”
The Stamford Bridge boss admitted that men lost tempo of the game after half time when they lost their and then went under. Nonetheless, Roberto Di Matteo and Co. showed composure and maturity to get back in the game.
“Spurs managing to grab the lead was the only negative of the day,” Roberto Di Matteo admitted. “Spurs came out of the dressing room in the second half very sharp - the early goal in the second half gave them a lot of confidence and momentum which we knew we had to ride out a little bit better.
“Apart from that, for the rest of the game we were very much in control. We took the initiative and wanted to impose ourselves and we managed to do so for most of the game.”