Di Matteo: Chelsea were lucky

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Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo said the Blues comeback 4-2 win against Reading at Stamford Bridge last night had a hint of fortune.


The newly promoted side had turned the game around in the first half after falling behind to lead 2-1 at half time, but let the Champions League holders back into the game after a blunder from goalkeeper Adam Federici.


Fernando Torres put the home side in the lead with a goal that looked suspiciously offside, while new signing Eden Hazard set up defender Branislav Ivanovic for his second goal in as many games after a late breakaway.


“At 2-1 down we were very offensive and maybe lost our balance and composure, because we were behind,” said Di Matteo after the match.


“We kept them under pressure and luckily got the equaliser, which galvanised us and we kept going forward.”


While obviously pleased his side had secured the victory that took them to the summit of the Premier League, the Italian admitted concern at the fact that his side looked vulnerable on the counter-attack.


Balance has been a buzzword for Di Matteo recently, what with the influx of diminutive attacking players spurring many to claim a change of style is in order, but he cautioned that a switch cannot be flicked and the transition from their more solid defensive play must be gradual.


Reading caused a number of problems when Chelsea lost the ball in the opposition half and this will be occupying Di Matteo’s mind ahead of the weekend fixture against Newcastle United.


“It’s all great and everyone wants to see a lot of flair play, but to win games you need a good balance to it,” he added.


“We’ll have to try and be solid. That’s how you win more games. We’ll look at that.”

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