Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has dismissed suggestions that the Blues were complacent in their 2-1 defeat to bottom club Sunderland.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Matic said: “We did give our best but we were unlucky and we lost because of that.
“What was wrong? I don't know. We players and all the staff gave our best to win the game. We had some good chances to score for 2-1 but we didn't and then they got the penalty,” he said.
Indeed, Jose Mourinho’s strikers again found it difficult to hit the target; with 31 shots on goal, they only found the net once through Samuel Eto’o.
Demba Ba was also unable to score, despite notching two goals in his last two games.
Matic was then quick to quash any talk of a lack of focus. He said: “We are always focused. For us the next game is the most important.
"For us Sunderland was the most important game, we spoke about that before it.
“This is football and sometimes you have to lose, unluckily it's happened. Now we adjust the team's focus for the next game which is Atletico Madrid.
“I'm not going to play but of course it's going to be a difficult game because Atletico are a good team but we are Chelsea and the players will be prepared for that.
“We have to do our best to get a good result and to go to the final.'
Matic is unable to feature in the Champions League as he has already played in the competition with Benfica prior to his return to the club in January.
The Blues will certainly miss the Serbian, who has been ever-present in Mourinho’s side since he returned in a £21m deal.
The defensive midfielder has proven to be adept in a number of parts of the game and has provided four assists in 12 league games, along with keeping rigidity in midfield and shielding the defence.
The player originally left Chelsea in 2011 as part of the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
Ironically, it is now Luiz whose future is uncertain, with his familiar centre-back position being occupied by the so-far excellent partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Matic’s next appearance will likely be in Chelsea’s next Premier League fixture against Liverpool.
The game could be crucial in the title race, although the Reds are now five points ahead at the top of the table with just three games remaining.
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