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Di Matteo praises players after brilliant performance at White Hart Lane

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Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo was a happy man after his side consolidated their position at the top of the table with an impressive victory at White Hart Lane. Speaking to Chelsea’s official website after their first win at Tottenham since 2005, Di Matteo said that his team deserved the three points after controlling the majority of the game. The Blues ran out 4-2 winners in an end-to-end contest thanks to goals from Gary Cahill, Daniel Sturridge and a brace from Juan Mata, who once again showcased his class, thus raising further questions about his omission from the Spanish national team.

The Italian also praised Cahill, who scored with a brilliant volley, and said, "Cahill shows that in training, he's always involved when we do finishing exercises and you can see he has got good technique. It's important when you want to play out from the back that we have defenders who are comfortable in possession."

 

It was not only a London derby but a battle of wits between Andre Villas-Boas and Di Matteo, both of whom had worked together at Chelsea. However, the Chelsea manager played down any extra pressure because of the Villas-Boas situation. Ironically, it was two of Villas-Boas' signed players, Mata and Cahill, who dealt most of the damage against Tottenham. Villas-Boas also accepted that his team lost out because they could not match the creativity and influence of the trio of Oscar, Mata and Hazard, who totally dominated the game.

 

With Chelsea now maintaining their top spot with the win, Di Matteo said about bringing the title back to the club, "It's too early to say, there are still 30 games to play. This result makes us a team who are strong and makes our start even better, but you have to wait until the Christmas period."