Chelsea not fazed by critics after Barcelona win, says Di Matteo

Interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo brushes off criticism surrounding his side's approach to Barcelona semi-final

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Roberto Di Matteo's side sealed a 3-2 aggregate win over Barcelona on Tuesday Photo: The Sport Review

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Roberto Di Matteo insists he and his Chelsea players are undeterred by criticism of the Blues’ style of play during their Champions League semi-final triumph over Barcelona.

Chelsea knocked out the holders after a 3-2 aggregate success over Pep Guardiola’s men, with Fernando Torres scoring a dramatic late breakaway goal at Camp Nou to cement the Londoners’ place in the final against Bayern Munich.

But the Blues’ approach to the semi-final clash drew criticism from some quarters, including Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fàbregas, who felt his side’s display was “far superior” to Chelsea’s on the night.

However, Di Matteo hit back at his weekly news briefing at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, insisting he is only bothered about the result.

“To be honest, we don’t really care [about the criticism],” he said. “We scored three goals against Barcelona, and arguably we scored the best goal with Ramires.

“People can talk as much as they want. They were two different styles of football but we’re in the final. I think all the players that played on Tuesday night were heroic.”

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