Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto di Matteo believes his side deserved the huge slice of luck that helped them record a 2-1 win over Wigan on Saturday to close in on 4th placed Tottenham.
The Blues were the recipients of two fortuitous decisions as they picked up three much needed points to narrow the gap to Spurs, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot, to just three points.
Branislav Ivanovic’s opener had more than a hint of offside about it, while Juan Mata’s injury time winner should also have been ruled after replays suggested the Spaniard was beyond the last man.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez branded the decisions that could have huge implications at both ends of the table ‘disgusting’, but di Matteo insists that Chelsea ‘deserve’ their luck.
"I think you need to deserve your luck, it doesn't just come if you sit at home," said Di Matteo after the game.
"Sometimes you need a little break, but I don't think we have actually had many this season, to be honest."
Both Chelsea and Newcastle, level on points in 5th and 6th respectively, made up ground on Tottenham, who could only muster a 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.
Just five points separates Arsenal in third from Newcastle and Chelsea outside of the Champions League qualification spots with six games of the season remaining, and di Matteo believes it is a race that will go down to the wire.
"We are very, very delighted that we are a little bit closer, because obviously there are always less games now to play,” he said. But it's still going to be a difficult task."
The Italian also reserved words of praise for match-winner Mata, who he described as a ‘very important player’ to Chelsea’s hopes of a top four spot.
He's a very important player for us," di Matteo commented. "He unlocks situations for us and he's enjoying himself.
"He's a young man, he's got plenty of energy and I've given him a rest here or there. I've taken him off a few times."
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