Di Matteo says Terry did not overstep his boundaries against Napoli

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has rejected claims that John Terry overstepped his boundaries as the Blues defeated Napoli in the Champions League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Terry was seen issuing instructions and advice from the touchline having been substituted in the 98th minute. Terry’s actions were taken by some to be usurping the prerogative of the manager but Di Matteo feels Terry was right to get involved, adding he expects the same from all of the club’s senior players.

Di Matteo said: “I expect all my players to be responsible and help each and reinforce messages I give before and during the game. It was not just him. The other players on the pitch were helping other members of the team to win this game.

The criticism comes after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich, with the Telegraph adding that discontent from some of the club’s senior players was a contributory factor in the termination of the Portuguese. However, the newspaper also notes that Terry was supportive of Villas-Boas and not believed to be one of the players who caused the ex-manager’s downfall. Villas-Boas was replaced by Di Matteo, who had been acting as his assistant manager.

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