Roberto Di Matteo admitted he was to blame after Chelsea crashed to defeat at Juventus to leave themselves on the brink of becoming the first Champions League holders not to qualify for the knockout stage.
Blues boss Di Matteo refused to deflect responsibility for his side's 3-0 loss in Turin as the biggest selection gamble of his reign backfired spectacularly. Chelsea now need to win their final Group E game against FC Nordsjaelland and hope Shakhtar Donetsk beat Juve, despite having already qualified for the knockout stage.
He said: "I'm responsible for the result. I'm responsible for the performance. It's a negative evening for us. If anyone has to take the blame, it's me. I selected a team I was convinced was the right team to win against Juventus, or get at least a draw, so the blame belongs to me."
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