Chelsea’s hope of Champions League success hang by a thread – Di Matteo takes blame

11/20/12 in Soccer   |   KurtKingsley   |   1856 respect

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Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying into the next round of Champions League are hanging by a thread following their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Juventus at Turin on Tuesday night.
 
The Stamford Bridge boss, Roberto Di Matteo was expected to come up with a managerial miracle on Chelsea’s trip to Italy, but instead the former midfielder was outclassed by his Italian counterpart Antonio Conte.
 
Juventus recorded a convincing victory with goals coming from Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco. The Serie A champions were clearly the dominant side in the night, even though Chelsea fought valiantly to salvage a point till the dying moments of the game.
 
The under-fire manager, Roberto Di Matteo surprised everyone by going through with his claim of dropping Fernando Torres. The Spain international, who happens to be Chelsea’s only recognizable striker, was introduced later in the game.
 
Chelsea’s poor run of form has now extended to all competitions. The London outfit is winless from the last three matches in all competitions.
 
“I'm responsible for the result. I'm responsible for the performance,” Roberto Di Matteo confessed after the defeat to Juventus.
 
“It's a negative evening for us. If anyone has to take the blame, it's me.”
 
Fernando Torres and Victor Moses were unable to make the cut as Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar were given free attacking roles in the first team. The three midfielders were able to create a number of goal-scoring opportunities, but none of them were converted into goals.
 
“I thought this was the team to beat Juventus. Hazard had the first good chance for us, I thought he played the (lone forward) position well, held the ball up and put some great balls in,” Roberto Di Matteo said.
 
“I wanted to give problems to Juventus in different ways, not to give them a point of reference. That's what Hazard did. He moved their three centre-backs around. When the result is negative, everything will be questioned. We have to pick ourselves up again.”
 
Chelsea must now beat Nordsjaelland on the final match-day and hope Shakhtar Donetsk will upset Juventus in order to qualify into the Last 16 stage of Champions League.
 
“We have hope because mathematically it's still possible for us. At a big club like this, if you have a few bad results, you're going to be under pressure. It's been the same from day one,” Roberto Di Matteo added.

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