Roberto Di Matteo has accused the Premier League of risking Chelsea's Club World Cup hopes and his players' health after it refused to postpone the club's Barclays Premier League game against Sunderland.

The European champions had asked for their December 8 clash at the Stadium of Light to be moved in order to allow them to travel early to Japan for the 10-day tournament. But that request was this week denied, leaving a Di Matteo to moan that Chelsea had not been given enough time to acclimatise to the time difference ahead of their semi-final on December 13.

The Italian said: "You would think that the Premier League would have every interest in making sure that they give you the best chance to be successful in Japan, which would reflect very, very well on English football and the Premier League. So, I'm very surprised about it. I just can't my head round it."

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