Fernando Torres scored twice and set up two goals to inspire Chelsea onto a 5-2 win over Leicester in an FA Cup quarter final at Stamford Bridge yesterday. The win not only extended Di Matteo’s unbeaten record, but more importantly, restored confidence to Chelsea’s record signing.
Despite the calm celebrations displayed by the Spaniard, you could literally see the relief on his face. Equally calm in his seat was Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo who showed little emotion with his side’s victory
Speaking after the match, Di Matteo was quick to congratulate Torres on his amazing performance.
‘I think the whole team, the club and supporters are happy (for Torres),’ he said.
‘He works so hard for the team, he is a great team player. You get rewarded when you work hard in life and I think we are all happy that he helped us win.’
Of course, this is definitely good news for Chelsea, however, Torres’s resurgent form could create a few headaches for Di Matteo up front. With Drogba back to form, Mata and Sturridge in fine form as well, it will be interesting to see the approach the Italian takes in his next matches.
When asked whether he was responsible for Chelsea’s resurgent form, this is what Di Matteo had to say:
‘I wouldn’t want to take any credit,’
‘It is the boys’ belief and work-rate they put in on a daily basis – I always believe we have quality in the team to score at least one goal so as long as defensively we can keep it tight and solid we will always have a chance.’
Chelsea are definitely starting to look like the serious contenders for the both the FA Cup and the Champions League. Should they make it to the finals of either tournament, there is a big likelihood that they could walk away with the trophies.