Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo taunts Liverpool before mega-clash at Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge boss Roberto Di Matteo is in his first season as Chelsea manager, yet the Italian is no stranger to controversy. Roberto Di Matteo has been involved in direct confrontations with the Football Association, referees and most managers in the Premier League including the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Last night, Roberto Di Matteo taunted Liverpool, who kicked off to one of their worst Premier League starts this season. The Merseyside club travels to Stamford Bridge to play against the Champions League winners Chelsea on Sunday.
Roberto Di Matteo took a surprising swipe at the new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who used to be Chelsea’s youth team coach a while back. Roberto Di Matteo also commented on Liverpool’s underperforming squad.
“I think you would have expected them to be a little bit higher up the table if you look at their squad,” Roberto Di Matteo admitted. “There’s a lot of Premier League experience in their team – Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Gerrard, Enrique.
“They have a couple of youngsters, but so do we. It’s anybody’s guess why they raise their game against us.”
In spite of their lack lustrous results in recent years, Liverpool bring out their best against Chelsea. Roberto Di Matteo admits Liverpool has performed exceptionally well against Chelsea in recent years.
Liverpool won the Carling Cup against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last year. On the other hand, Chelsea has only once defeated Liverpool in their last six meetings over the past two seasons, and that happened in the FA Cup final in May this year.
“They seem to be our bogey team, whatever the reasons are,” Roberto Di Matteo admitted. “They seem always to play exceptionally well against us and get results.
“It is always very difficult to beat them. Whenever they play against us they have one of the best games of their season. It also happened when they played against us when we weren’t at our best. But we’re looking very good, very sharp at the moment, and full of confidence.”
“We’ll pose different kinds of questions to Liverpool on Sunday than we did in the past. We are in good spirits, full of confidence and the team is playing well.”
Roberto Di Matteo wants his men to focus on stopping Liverpool’s in-form striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan international is the lone striker in Liverpool’s attack. Nonetheless, Luis Suarez’s exceptional form has been compensating for Liverpool’s lack of attack. Luis Suarez has scored 10 goals in 15 appearances this season.
“He is a magnificent player, and very dangerous, a big threat for any defender who has to play against him,” Roberto Di Matteo said. “I’ve watched Liverpool and analyzed the way they play, and what kind of options they have when they attack.
“We’ll discuss him and hopefully we can limit the balls into Suarez as much as we can.”