Saturday 20 October 2012

Roberto Di Matteo hails 'perfect' response by Chelsea

Chelsea manager praises his side after they beat Tottenham 4-2

Spurs' Jermain Defoe tries to take on the Chelsea defence

Tottenham 2-4 Chelsea #TOTCHE >>

Roberto Di Matteo hailed the performance of his Chelsea after they won in North London for the second time in three weeks beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at White Hart Lane, confirming their position at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

After taking a first-half lead through Gary Cahill’s volley, Chelsea were soon behind after goals from Jermain Defoe and William Gallas put them on the back foot. But two goals in three minutes from Juan Mata, who set up a fourth in injury-time for Daniel Sturridge earned Chelsea the three points.

"We are smooth on the eye but we're a good team and showed good team spirit"
Roberto Di Matteo

"There were probably only 10 or 12 minutes in the second half where Tottenham got back into the game and we lost a bit of our control,” said Di Matteo. “The rest of the game we had the initiative and created a number of chances.

"It was a test of character today coming here to play a team in form with four consecutive wins.

"It was a big derby for us and after the international break there are always a few question marks how you're going to start the new cycle of games - but the answers we gave today were perfect.

"We go away from home and want to control the game and be the team who imposes itself on the opposition.

"People always focus on the creative side of the team. We are smooth on the eye but we're a good team and showed good team spirit.

"We're trying to progress, to develop and become a good team. We have started well, showed the qualities we have - and can still improve on that."

His Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas called upon his side to bounce back after the defeat and refused to blame the result on the absence of Mousa Dembele through injury and Gareth Bale because his partner went into labour.

"We have been on a good run but now we have to bounce back"
Andre Villas-Boas

"It was a game full of emotion and there were lots of chances for both teams,” Villas-Boas said. "We became very strong in the second half and turned things around but individual brilliance and the creativeness of Chelsea unlocked the defence and settled the game.

"We have been on a good run but now we have to bounce back. When you have players of this commitment, desire and ambition you have to bounce back from adversity. There are 30 more games ahead of us."

"He [Bale] was missed but we have very, very good players and options. You saw how they behaved. [Gylfi] Sigurdsson came in and played very well. The squad is good and we have good players."

For a more detailed report and statistics and photos from the match click the link below.

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Key Points

  • Roberto Di Matteo hails his team after they beat Tottenham
  • Spurs fought back to lead 2-1 in the second half but Juan Mata's brace turns match round
  • Andre Villas-Boas calls on his Spurs side to bounce back after run of four wins is ended