Di Matteo calm over Abramovich's Chelsea visit

Updated: 21 September 2012 21:34 IST

Roberto Di Matteo insists he isn't concerned that Roman Abramovich paid a visit to Chelsea's training ground in the aftermath of their Champions League meltdown against Juventus.

Di Matteo calm over Abramovich's Chelsea visit
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Roberto Di Matteo insists he isn't concerned that Roman Abramovich paid a visit to Chelsea's training ground in the aftermath of their Champions League meltdown against Juventus.

Chelsea manager Di Matteo confirmed Blues owner Abramovich was at the club's Cobham training base on Thursday amid reports the Russian billionaire had questioned players and coaching staff following Wednesday's 2-2 draw against Juventus in the Champions League.

Abramovich was said to be angry Chelsea had blown a two-goal lead in the first match of their Champions League title defence and Di Matteo conceded "it wasn't a particularly happy camp yesterday here".

In the past the notoriously demanding Abramovich has been known to make his presence felt at the training ground following bad results and Di Matteo could be forgiven for being alarmed at receiving a visit just seven matches into his reign as full-time manager.

But the Italian, who was only handed a two-year contract once it became clear former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola couldn't be tempted to take charge, is adamant he has no complaints about dealing with Abramovich's visits as they are part of the job.

"He actually comes quite often, to be honest. He likes to be involved and he comes down whenever he can," Di Matteo said on Friday ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Stoke.

"He's the owner and he likes to know what's going on and he likes to speak to people. He does that all the time.

"Obviously, we weren't happy about the result we got on Wednesday for sure, so it wasn't a particularly happy camp yesterday here.

"But we'll have try to pick ourselves up and go again and try to win points in the Premier League now.

"I have to focus on my job and try to prepare the players and the team to the best for tomorrow's game."

Abramovich has repeatedly shown his ruthless side by sacking a succession of managers who failed to produce the combination of attractive and successful football he demands.

But Di Matteo, who led Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup triumphs last season, is convinced the pressure on managers at Stamford Bridge is no greater than any other big team.

"At a big club, you always have a pressure and you have to try to win games and try to win games in the right manner as well. That's part of being part of a big club," he added.

After enjoying a honeymoon period last season, Di Matteo is now starting to encounter some of the problems that ended with the sacking of his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas after just eight months in charge.

The main issue for Di Matteo to resolve is the form of Spain striker Fernando Torres, whose mini-revival is in danger of petering out at just the wrong time.

Torres has drawn a blank in his last two matches and delievered an particularly lacklustre performance against Juventus.

With Daniel Sturridge now sidelined by a hamstring injury, Di Matteo must hope Torres says fit and can somehow hit a rich vein of form.

"I try not to worry about that," he said. "Injuries can happen to any players in the games, so I have ideas if anything happens. But we go into the game not thinking about injuries."

Di Matteo also denied Chelsea had made a mistake by failing to sign a third striker to compete with Torres and Sturridge before the transfer window closed last month.

"I think we signed a different kind of players that can score goals as well," he said.

"And, as you can see, last season Mata scored many goals for us and Eden Hazard scoring goals, Oscar scoring goals, Lampard scores goals from midfield.

"So, we have goals in the team."

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