Chelsea boss Di Matteo: Title contenders not decided until Christmas

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo has told fans to wait until Christmas before talking up their title chances.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo has told fans to wait until Christmas before talking up their title chances.

New signings Eden Hazard and Oscar have made an instant impact and Chelsea supporters are starting to dream of a fourth title in nine years.

When asked if he was worried about the growing expectations over his team, Di Matteo said: “No, we can deal with it. Every time we play at home our fans have high expectations of us. It doesn’t worry me, we can live with that kind of pressure.

“But it is too early to make any judgement in terms of the League. We have some great games coming up against Spurs and Manchester United.

“We’re not talking about winning the title at the moment, nobody has been able to catch up 25 points in one ­season. That’s a lot. It’s a big challenge for us.

“We will try to make it the first time, but I don’t think the win at Arsenal last week is the one to judge and say that we’re ready for it.

“We have to wait until Christmas, when we have played half of the games, and then we’ll have a better idea of where we stand and how good we are."

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