Roberto Di Matteo happy for Chelsea to reveal John Terry will remain as captain
Roberto Di Matteo had no problem with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck confirming that John Terry would remain as captain.
Last Updated: 21/10/12 7:47am
Di Matteo pointedly refused to reveal on Friday whether the former England skipper would still wear the armband for his club as part of the internal disciplinary action handed out in the wake of his four-match ban from the Football Association for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.
But Buck and chief executive Ron Gourlay then gave an extensive radio interview on Saturday morning to reveal that Terry would retain the responsibility, although he has been hit with a heavy financial penalty.
Di Matteo, speaking in the wake of the thrilling 4-2 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane, backed the actions of the club's hierarchy and stated he was happy for Terry to remain as captain.
The Italian told Sky Sports: "The board decide what they want to do and that's the way it is. I'm fully aware of what's going on and supported the decision but ultimately they made the decision.
"I support their decision and I respect their decision.
"It's been tough for us as a club to deal with all these issues but we showed today the energy towards the football and showed we are a good team.
"There were probably only 10 or 12 minutes in the second half where Tottenham got back into the game and we lost a bit of our control. I think the rest of the game we had the initiative and created a number of chances.
"It was a test of character today coming here to play a team in form with four consecutive wins.
"It was a big derby for us and after the international break there are always a few question marks how you're going to start the new cycle of games - but the answers we gave today were perfect.
"We go away from home and want to control the game and be the team who imposes itself on the opposition.
"People always focus on the creative side of the team. We are smooth on the eye but we're a good team and showed good team spirit.
"We're trying to progress, to develop and become a good team. We have started well, showed the qualities we have - and can still improve on that."