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Di Matteo not thinking about the axe

Published: November 20, 2012 | 8:36 am
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ROBERTO DI MATTEO insists he is not thinking about the consequences of Chelsea dropping out of the Champions League.

A slump in results has seen the pressure increase on the Italian, with Juventus up next in a do-or-die clash.
Defeat would leave Chelsea on the brink of becoming the first Champions League holders not to secure a place in the knockout stage, having taken qualification for granted during the Roman Abramovich era.
Di Matteo admitted on Friday he feared Abramovich was going to sack him along with Andre Villas-Boas before he took charge of Chelsea.
But he refused to reveal whether he was of a similar mind ahead of tomorrow’s match.
Di Matteo said: “I’m not thinking about that.
“I’m preparing for the game and the team for tomorrow, and have important decisions to make about that.
“We are very confident we can have a good game and, hopefully, a good result.”
Di Matteo also stuck to his policy of not disclosing what conversations he and Abramovich might have had since Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Brom.
That loss heralded the first visible cracks in the Chelsea dressing room, with players said to have argued loudly and Di Matteo furious with their performance.
But the Italian welcomed the exchange, as he added: “It’s important that we communicate with each other, and the players express themselves. I’ve always encouraged that.”
“They need to have belief in themselves, and that’s the most important aspect.
“We work together and, at the moment, we’re all in it together and believe we have a good group, a good team, and are pulling together.”


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