Di Matteo takes positives from friendly win

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Newly appointed Chelsea assistant first team coach Roberto di Matteo found plenty of positives in the club's opening pre-season match this summer.

The Blues ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Npower League One new-boys Wycombe Wanderers in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the club's Cobham training ground on Tuesday, with Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and Slobodan Rajkovic finding the net for Andre Villas-Boas' side.

It was a victory that could have been greater but for some fine saves from Wycombe stopper Nikki Bull and the woodwork, but the former Italian international believes the most important factor was players putting into practice some of the manager's new philosophies.


"It was a good exercise for the players. We were looking to put into practice the work from some of what we have done in the first six days of training and we have seen some positive work, good attitude from the players and generally we were pretty pleased with the outcome," the former West Brom boss told the club's official website.

"Despite the fact we only scored three times, we created a lot of chances, hit the post twice and missed a number of chances, but that's a healthy sign for any team when you create chances. There was some good possession during the game and the transition was good, in that when we lost the ball we quite quickly won it back again, so there are positive signs."

The former Chelsea midfield favourite revealed that a handful of youngsters will get the chance to strut their stuff during the pre-season campaign, starting against Portsmouth on Saturday before their pre-season tour of Asia begins in earnest.

"The manager wants to have a look at the young players in the club. We have had a number of them training with us from day one and some of them have impressed as well," he continued.

"We are pretty pleased and will continue to monitor them and give them a chance to show their value. Some of them will travel with us to Asia too. On Saturday at Portsmouth we are probably looking at giving the players a similar number of minutes again, in a similar format.

"It will obviously be a bit more competitive because they are a Championship side and it will be a tough test. Then we fly to Asia and be travelling around a little bit with four games. It is a busy schedule."

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