Di Matteo defends decisions after Man City defeat

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has defended his decision to start with Fernando Torres and not Didier Drogba after Manchester City overturned Chelsea’s lead to win their match on Wednesday evening 2-1, the London Evening Standard has reported.

Torres was eventually replaced by Drogba with just under 20 minutes remaining. The Standard adds that Torres appeared disappointed with the decision as he left the field, but Di Matteo said: “I just thought that for the dynamic of the team it was going to be the right decision. No player is happy to be taken off but there is absolutely no problem with that.

Chelsea took the lead in the 60th minute when Gary Cahill’s shot was deflected past England teammate Joe Hart, but Manchester City pegged back the London side through a Sergio Aguero penalty, given for handball against Michael Essien, before Samir Nasri played a one-two with the returning Carlos Tevez and chipped past Petr Cech. The victory took Man City to within a point of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table but leaves Chelsea five points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the last Champions League place.

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