Who you trying to kid? Di Matteo insists Chelsea not contenders

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo refuses to talk up their title chances after victory at Tottenham.
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Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo refuses to talk up their title chances after victory at Tottenham.

Despite the result, Di Matteo believes it is premature to start talking about whether Chelsea are the favourites for the Premier League title.

"I think I would say it is too early to say that," he said. "There are 30 games still to play. It makes us a team that is strong and makes our start even better, but with 30 more games I still think that you have to wait until the Christmas period."

The stand-out performances from the visitors to White Hart Lane came from their flair players with Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar all catching the eye.

Di Matteo is happy with the way his new-look side are playing, but said he would not compromise results just to play good football.

"Ultimately we want to win games, we want to win in the way we think we can win games with the players we have," he said.

"We don't go out and just say 'let's play good football and lose'. Our philosophy is to play in a certain way because we believe with the players we have that is the way to win games."

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