Di Matteo rejects credit for improved Chelsea form

Roberto Di Matteo has refused to take credit for the improved form shown by Chelsea since he took over the manager’s position from Andre Villas-Boas in March, insisting that the players deserve the plaudits, and that in his mind, Chelsea “haven’t achieved anything”, Press Association has reported.

Since the former Chelsea midfielder stepped into the vacancy created when Roman Abramovich dispensed with the services of Villas-Boas, Di Matteo has guided the Blues to seven wins in nine games and the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the Champions League. In that time period Chelsea have lost to only Premier League title-chasing Manchester City, with a 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea’s forthcoming FA Cup opponents, the only other occasion Di Matteo has not delivered maximum points.

Di Matteo said: “We haven’t achieved anything. We’ve got good results and this group has got together to find these good results. But we need more to be able to say we have actually achieved anything.

The 41-year-old has also denied that Chelsea’s strong form has erased the memory of his own sacking from West Bromwich Albion last season. He said: “I think the credit goes to these players, the way they’ve reacted to a situation that has arrived here and they have been great in trying to rectify this.

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