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No striker issue for Di Matteo

Di Matteo is fine with Torres and Drogba. (©GettyImages)
Di Matteo is fine with Torres and Drogba. (©GettyImages).

Roberto di Matteo insists he has no issue with Fernando Torres or Didier Drogba, following Chelsea's defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

The Blues had taken the lead at the Etihad Stadium when Gary Cahill bundled home, but a late penalty from Sergio Aguero drew the home side level.

Samir Nasri then netted a winner for City with only five minutes remaining, as Roberto Mancini's side closed the gap on league leaders Manchester United to a solitary point.

It was a frustrating night for Chelsea, who tasted defeat for the first time under the temporary stewardship of Di Matteo, who had opted to start Torres ahead of Drogba.

The former cut a particularly forlorn figure and was seen visibility remonstrating with his manager during the first half, while he exchanged words with Di Matteo after being replaced by Drogba in the second period.

Di Matteo, though, has no problem with his in-form forwards - and vice versa - and believes he made the right decision with his team selection on the night.

"I just thought to start the game, the dynamic of the team, it was going to be the right decision, he had a very good performance on Sunday," Di Matteo told skysports.com.

"There is no problem with Didier.

"And no player is happy about being substituted but there is absolutely no problem with Fernando.

"I communicate with all my players, there is no problem."

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