Nordsjaelland 0 Chelsea 4: Di Matteo admits Blues had to be patient
Nordsjaelland 0 Chelsea 4: Roberto Di Matteo admitted his side were made to work hard for their victory in Copenhagen
Roberto Di Matteo admitted Chelsea had to be patient before they eventually secured victory against Nordsjaelland.
Juan Mata stroked the Blues into the lead after half an hour but the Premier League side were made to work hard until the 79th minute, when David Luiz’s stunning free-kick put the result beyond doubt.
Mata then netted his second of the evening from close range, before Ramires turned home Oscar’s cross to add gloss to the scoreline.
“We were a little bit slow in the first half and much better in the second half,” Di Matteo told Sky Sports. “The goals came in the end but it took a bit of time.
“I think we had some good chances in the first half as well. You just need to score those goals to be able to close the game out but overall I think it’s a good scoreline for us. Three points and a clean sheet away from home – it’s a pleasing night.”
Di Matteo, whose side now top Group C ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, admitted he had been waiting for Luiz to net a free-kick for some time.
“It was about time [he scored a free-kick] because when we practice in training they score those kind of goals and we were just waiting for one in the games,” added the Chelsea boss. “Mata scores them as well in training and Luiz’s was an excellent free-kick.”
Di Matteo also reserved special praise for Mata as the Spaniard continues to impress. “He had a great season last season and after his break he’s continuing where he finished,” he said. “He’s playing very well, he’s in good shape and full of confidence as well.”
Chelsea top the Premier League table after their 100 per cent start and now sit pretty at the top of Group C – but Di Matteo warned that the process of integrating young players into the first team is not a short one, despite his side’s positive start to the season.
“It’s a process that takes time,” said Di Matteo. “You could see tonight for the the first time we had Victor Moses from the start.
“They’re young players, Oscar and Eden Hazard as well. We shouldn’t forget that they’re young and although they’ve played many games it takes a little time to integrate them.”