Manager Di Matteo defends Chelsea's denigrated negative tactics

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 05, 2012 13:10 hrs

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has defended the negative tactics his team employed against Barcelona in both legs of the Champions League semi-final and against Bayern Munich in the final, saying that apart of these games the Blues had scored quite abundantly.

Various footballing pundits and fans all over the world had slammed Chelsea's negative tactics as unattractive and boring, but Di Matteo insists there record before the CL semis should also be considered.

"If you judge our work on three games out of the 21 [both legs of the Champions League semi against Barcelona and the final against bayern Munich] I was involved in, you forget all the other games - the 4-2 against Napoli, the 5-1 against Tottenham (in the FA Cup semi-final) and all the other games where the team expressed their offensive potential," The Daily Mirror quoted Di Matteo, as saying.

"On average, we scored two goals every game. My teams usually create chances and score goals, so it's a bit unjustified to just focus on three games and give us a tag like that," he added.

"We had some players out in the final against Bayern and I've not seen any other team play expansively against Barcelona. It's not fair to give us that label based on three games," he said. (ANI)

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