Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo treating Shakhtar Donetsk defeat as a one-off
Roberto Di Matteo is refusing to read too much into Chelsea's below-par performance against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Last Updated: 24/10/12 7:20am
The Premier League leaders fell well short of their best on Ukrainian soil, with early goals in either half from Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho putting them to the sword.
Chelsea, who included John Terry in their starting XI while he serves a domestic suspension, left with only a late consolation from Oscar to show for their efforts.
Di Matteo admits his side put in a disappointing showing on the road, but remains optimistic regarding their chances of progressing from Group E after seeing Juventus surprisingly held by Nordsjaelland.
"I think we have to just look at this performance as a single one," he told Sky Sports.
"They (Shakhtar) are a very strong team and they showed that again tonight. It's a difficult group we are in and the Champions League is always very competitive. You look at the other result in our group and it shows just how competitive it is."
Asked if he is confident of reaching the knockout stage, Di Matteo added: "Yeah, I think we still have a good chance. We need to win our next home game now."
Terry offered no indication that the furore he has sparked domestically is weighing on his mind, and Di Matteo was delighted with the showing put in by his skipper.
He said: "I think the commitment from our players was 100 per cent. Generally, probably we could have done better as a team, but he was alright. I don't think he was affected by it."
Away from the sub-standard display, the one other concern for Di Matteo heading into a weekend showdown with Manchester United was another untimely injury picked up by Frank Lampard.
"It's the same calf that he has had for the last two-and-a-half weeks. He was fine but it went in the game," said the Blues boss.