A round-up of stories relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Robert Di Matteo praised Oscar after the 21-year-old scored two goals on his full debut for the club. Oscar’s two goals, the second of which was a stunning shot from outside the area, gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead that they squandered to finish 2-2 with Juventus. The Brazilian joined in the summer but the Chelsea manager explained that they waited to hand him his debut due to the time Oscar has spent away from the club due to international duty. Di Matteo also gave an explanation for Daniel Sturridge’s absence by reporting that the forward ‘felt his hamstring tightening up so he wasn’t available [for selection]’.
And the Chelsea manager spoke of his disappointment after his team let a two-goal lead slip. Di Matteo was particularly critical of Juventus’ equaliser: ‘I think we should have dealt with it a little bit better. We lost possession just beforehand and we should have reacted much quicker to losing the ball than we did.’
Di Matteo was also unhappy with the performance of the referee whom he adjudged to have missed important incidents. Oscar was replaced by Juan Mata after Juve’s Leonardo Bonucci stamped on the Brazilian during a counter attack and Di Matteo hopes UEFA investigate the incident as it was missed by the referee. The Chelsea manager also claimed Chelsea should have won a penalty when Eden Hazard was brought down inside the area.
Oscar spoke to Chelsea TV following his performance in the draw with Juventus and expressed his delight with the goals he scored but insisted he would have been much happier had the team won the game. And Oscar revealed that the Brazilian influence at the club has helped him settle in. As yet unable to speak English, Oscar spoke through teammate and compatriot Lucas Piazon acting as a translator.
Eden Hazard is confident Chelsea can become the first team to successfully defend their Champions League title. Hazard is of the opinion that with the players at Chelsea's disposal, should they perform at their best the team will have the quality to consecutively win Champions League trophies.
John Obi Mikel owned up to Chelsea fans after the game following his mistake that lead to Juve’s equaliser. ‘I’m disappointed, it was my pass and I over-hit it. After that we should have reacted properly but we didn’t.’
Ryan Bertrand claimed the team were more ‘annoyed’ than ‘deflated’ following the 2-2 draw but underlined that the club will take the positives from the game: ‘We’re not really deflated, just a bit annoyed. It’s never good to let two goals slip especially being at home but we can take a lot of positives from the game like the way we went about our business in the early stages of the game to get to 2-0.’
John Terry’s FA racism case will go ahead next week despite suggestions from Terry’s lawyers that the case should be dismissed on accounts of the matter having already been dealt with in Civil Court.
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