Chelsea boss Di Matteo explains mystery tactics for Juventus defeat

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo explained his tactics for their Champions League defeat to Juventus.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo explained his tactics for their Champions League defeat to Juventus.

Di Matteo defended his decision to axe Fernando Torres and play Eden Hazard out of position in front of Juan Mata and Oscar.

"I didn't want to give the centre-backs any point of reference," he said.

"I'd rather have Hazard, Oscar and Mata interchanging positions and trying to find the space.

"Hazard probably had the first good chance for us, Oscar the second and Mata also found himself in front of the keeper.

"In terms of that transition, we were very dangerous and created some good opportunities."

He added of fielding two right-backs: "I wanted to reinforce the midfield a bit, try to control the left side.

"The first goal was lucky for Juventus, a big deflection.

"The first goal is, a lot of times, decisive."

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