Roberto Di Matteo wants Chelsea to forget distractions ahead of Spurs game

Roberto Di Matteo: Chelsea manager attempting to take the sting out of Saturday's clash with Spurs

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Roberto Di Matteo believes a derby against Tottenham is the perfect way to ensure his Chelsea players focus on the football.

The furore surrounding John Terry has dominated the headlines of late but Saturday's game against Spurs sees the Chelsea players come up against former boss Andre Villas-Boas.

While Di Matteo insists revenge is not on the agenda when the club faces the man they sacked in March, he claims the team will be fully focused on taking three points.

"I do not think it is about revenge."

Roberto Di Matteo

"We will be very focused playing against Tottenham, a team that is in very good form," said the Blues boss. "We haven't won in the league there since 2005, it is a very long time.

"They have always been very good games, difficult games. I don't think it is about revenge."

The Italian refuses to blame Villas-Boas for the early-season struggles last year which led to reports the Portuguese coach had fallen out with key figures in the dressing room.

"We had a difficult season last season," added Di Matteo. "Everyone was responsible for that, from the management to the players. That is part of the past. We have to look for the future.

"We have worked together and tomorrow we will be competitors and opponents for the first time, but during the game there will not be any good feeling between us.

"But after the game there will be. We are in touch from time to time. Our relationship is good."


As well as the distractions surrounding Terry being punished by the Football Association for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the club have also seen Ashley Cole fined £90,000 for an offensive tweet.

But Di Matteo is convinced it will not be an issue, saying on Friday: "The results tell us we have been able to focus on the football and not on the events outside the football and the team in general has been supportive.

"Tomorrow we will be focused. No Chelsea players have come personally to me."

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