Roberto Di Matteo not feeling Chelsea heat despite Roman Abramovich's visit
Last Updated: September 21, 2012 7:48pm
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Roberto Di Matteo does not feel under any greater pressure despite Roman Abramovich's latest visit to Chelsea's training ground.
Blues boss Di Matteo confirmed Abramovich was at the club's Cobham headquarters on Thursday amid reports he had questioned players and coaching staff following Wednesday night's 2-2 UEFA Champions League draw with Juventus.
Di Matteo admitted "it wasn't a particularly happy camp yesterday here" after what was the European champions' third successive game without a win and third this season in which their deficiencies have been ruthlessly exposed by big-name opponents.
Visits from an unhappy Abramovich have proven a bad omen for Chelsea managers since the Russian bought the club and Di Matteo could be forgiven for being alarmed at receiving one just seven matches into his reign as full-time manager.
"He's the owner and he likes to know what's going on and he likes to speak to people - and he does that all the time"
Roberto Di Matteo
But he insisted his only concern was Saturday's Premier League game at Stoke and that dealing with Abramovich was par for the course.
"He actually comes quite often, to be honest," Di Matteo said. "He likes to be involved and he comes down whenever he can.
"He's the owner and he likes to know what's going on and he likes to speak to people - and he does that all the time.
"Obviously, we weren't happy about the result we got on Wednesday night, for sure, so it wasn't a particularly happy camp yesterday here.
"But we'll have to 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."
After being allowed to rescue Chelsea's season in any way he saw fit last term, Di Matteo is now starting to encounter some of the problems that ultimately cost his predecessors.
One of those is a misfiring Fernando Torres, whose mini-revival is in danger of petering out at just the wrong time.
Daniel Sturridge has now been sidelined by a hamstring injury, leaving Di Matteo to sweat on the form and - more importantly - fitness of his only recognised centre-forward.
"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 denied Chelsea had erred in ending the transfer window with only two recognised strikers.
"I think we signed a different kind of players that can score goals as well," he said. "And, as you can see, last season (Juan) Mata scored many goals for us and Eden Hazard scoring goals, Oscar scoring goals, (Frank) Lampard scores goals from midfield. So, we have goals in the team."