Chelsea boss Di Matteo denies Torres reason for Man City defeat

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo insists defeat at Manchester City had nothing to do with him starting Fernando Torres.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo insists defeat at Manchester City had nothing to do with him starting Fernando Torres.

The Italian shrugged off his first defeat in charge and was relaxed about the fallout from his controversial decision to start Torres instead of Didier Drogba.

Di Matteo, who made a point of speaking to a disgruntled-looking Torres after substituting the Spaniard on Wednesday, said: "I understand that the players are sometimes not happy to come off.

"Maybe they need a little bit of explanation and that can happen after the game as well - that's not a problem.

"I did speak to Didier, too, yes - and to many other players.

"He was obviously not happy but okay."

Di Matteo's approach to these kinds of matters is in stark contrast to that adopted by sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas.

"Every coach has his style and I'm sure mine is different from anybody else's," said Di Matteo.

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