Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0: Top-four finish ‘difficult’ – Di Matteo

Chelsea interim boss Roberto Di Matteo admits it will be difficult for his side to finish in the top four after Spurs stalemate

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Premier League, 24 March 2012, Stamford Bridge
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Roberto Di Matteo admits Chelsea have their work cut out if they are to secure a top-four finish this term after being held to a goalless draw by Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp’s visitors, who remain five points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea with eight games left to play, enjoyed the better chances during a largely uninspiring game in west London, while the home side had shouts for a penalty waved away by referee Martin Atkinson after Frank Lampard was caught by William Gallas.

“We were looking to win the game and close the gap on Spurs, that was our idea today, we have to give credit to Spurs, they defended well and played a good game,” said the interim Chelsea boss after the game.

“It’s going to be difficult [to finish in the top-four], from the day I was appointed we all knew it would be a difficult task but there are still eight games to go and we will try to win as many as we can to try and gain fourth spot.

“To make the gap up we will have to win all of our games, you look at the fixture list and you just have to try to win the next game.”

Spurs boss Redknapp, meanwhile, believes the point from Saturday’s stalemate could prove vital to his side’s bid to seal a spot in next season’s Champions League.

“It was an important point,” said Redknapp. “The longer it went on we were getting at them and I could see us winning it really, they were probably happier to hear the final whistle than we were,’ said the Tottenham manager.

‘We kept getting corners and free-kicks in dangerous positions, but I thought [Petr] Cech made a couple of great saves, the one from Bale low down was a fantastic save where it pitched right in front of him, he did really well to get a hand to it.”

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