Tuesday November 20 2012
Di Matteo: 'Chelsea can still qualify'

Roberto Di Matteo insists Chelsea “still have hope of qualifying” for the Champions League knockouts after their defeat to Juventus.

“We wasted three big scoring opportunities before their opening goal,” he told Mediaset Premium after their 3-0 hammering.

“The first goal in an important game like this is decisive. They were also a little lucky when Andrea Pirlo’s shot took a deflection off Fabio Quagliarella.”

Juventus now need only a point against Shakhtar Donetsk, who are already qualified, so secure their spot in the next round and eliminate the reigning Champions of Europe.

“Pressure? When you are the manager of a big club like this is it normal you’re going to get criticised if the results do not arrive.

“Having said that, there was pressure last season too. We still have hope of qualifying, as mathematically it is possible.”

Chelsea will go through only if they beat Nordsjaelland and Juve lose in Donetsk.

There are already reports in the English media that Di Matteo might not even be on the bench by the time those games come round.