Fernando Torres to be benched in Chelsea’s next game
Torres has only scored 4 league goals this season and Di Matteo is already frustrated with his lack of form in front of the goal. And with Falcao being heavily linked with the London club, Torres could see the beginning of his end at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have a crucial encounter away at Juventus in the Champions league group stage and their European title defence is on the line as they have their fate on their own hands. It is important that the Blues get something out of this trip to stay at the top of group E.
“If I believe it is the right thing to do for the team, then yeah, I will leave him out,” Di Matteo said. “When we moved Daniel Sturridge up there, he looked a danger. He had a very good chance saved by the keeper and another put wide. He was always a threat to the defence. We need to score goals, this is clear.”
Di Matteo on Terry:
The latest on Chelsea captain John Terry is that he could be back to first team action in only three weeks. Results from various MRI scans have led to the conclusion that Terry could be fine within a month’s time.
“With JT we’re looking at approximately three weeks out, Fortunately it’s not as bad as we first thought. It’s an MCL (medial cruciate ligament) strain. Terry’s injury was unfortunate as he looked sharp and gave the team a lot of confidence, but you have to deal with injuries.”
Talking about the defeat suffered at the hands of West Brom, Di Matteo pointed out Terry’s influence which is missed at the heart of the Blues defense.
“Clean sheets give you a chance to win games and we certainly have to improve on that side,” he said. “Of course we miss John [Terry]. He is an important player for us. He gives us a lot of confidence at the back and in general to the team. It’s a shame that he is injured, but we will have to do without him until he comes back.”
Pirlo – about joining Chelsea:
Juventus and Italian International Andrea Pirlo reveals how he almost joined the Blues under the management of Carlo Ancelotti. Ahead of the Old lady’s Champions league clash against Chelsea, the 33 -year old play-maker found himself in the spotlight when he admitted that he was having negotiations with former manager Ancelotti to join Chelsea.
Pirlo accepts he could have been a Chelsea player
In an interview with Dailymail, the Italian said:
“Actually, Milan wouldn’t let me go, I have a very strong connection with Ancelotti so I was in touch with him when he went to Chelsea and I’m still in touch with him now he’s at Paris Saint-Germain.
“I had already started negotiating with the people at Chelsea but then finally Milan didn’t let me go. That’s why I stayed.
“Certainly it would have been a different experience that I’d have liked, especially when I was 30 years old. So why not? But unfortunately it didn’t happen.”
And when asked about a potential move to the premier league, Pirlo said:
“Maybe, who knows? I don’t know what might happen. You never know. I still have two years left with Juventus, this season and next.
“I like English football a lot. There are plenty of very good teams. They are very aggressive so it’s always entertaining to watch.
“It wouldn’t be a problem for me fitting into that particular style because I’ve played with different players with different characteristics throughout my career.”