Roberto Di Matteo has high hopes for Chelsea’s trio of playmakers

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is convinced Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata will soon adapt to playing together

The Sport Review staff

Roberto Di Matteo is convinced Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata will flourish as an attacking trio at Chelsea after they started Saturday’s clash with Stoke.

Di Matteo opted to deploy all three playmakers against the Potters at Stamford Bridge, as Ashley Cole’s late winner extended Chelsea’s 100 per cent start to the season.

The Chelsea boss admits the trio will need time to adapt to each others’ games but is confident they will eventually end up forming the backbone of the Blues’ attacking play.

“It’s the first time we have tried it [playing Oscar, Hazard and Mata in the same side], it certainly needs more work and practice, to tactically integrate them into our system,” said Di Matteo.

“I thought today [against Stoke] it worked very well, but it will take time for them to know each other better.

“I want them to have mobility and rotation, they are very intelligent at finding free space, we lacked a bit of width at times so we needed our full backs to provide us with that.”

MORE: Get TREBLE the odds on any sports bet. T&Cs apply

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

The Sport Review
The ultimate 28 day transformation challenge
The Sport Review
Ballon d’Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo and Man Utd stars among top 11 favourites to win award
The Sport Review
Conor McGregor: 31 of the Notorious MMA’s most-memorable Instagram photos
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Chelsea player wages 2016: Can you guess how much each Chelsea player earns?
The Sport Review
Philippe Coutinho: 27 photos of Liverpool playmaker’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Why Joel Matip is a Liverpool signing with a difference
The Sport Review
Juan Martin del Potro beats Haase to make it 11 wins in a row in Basel
The Sport Review
Jamie Carragher comments on Liverpool’s League Cup draw against Leeds United