Di Matteo wants to move forward

Image: Roberto Di Matteo: Chelsea manager looking forward following 1-0 win over Stoke

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo spoke of his desire to move forward following the 1-0 victory over Stoke.

Interim Chelsea manager happy to get three points against Stoke

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo spoke of his desire to move forward following the 1-0 victory over Stoke.  In Chelsea's first Premier League game since the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, Didier Drogba scored his 100th league goal for the club to earn three points for his side after Stoke's Ricardo Fuller was sent off in the first half.  Di Matteo now turns his attention to the midweek UEFA Champions League clash with Napoli, and the Italian claims it is not a time for dwelling on the past. "It was just a matter of talking to the players individually and getting them to realise that we needed to move forward and try to achieve our targets and keep it simple," he said. "That was the most important aspect from my point of view.

Looking forward

  "Today was a step in that direction, we got three points, and sometimes in a season you have to win like this to get the three points, it is not always going to be easy. Sometimes you have to win a little bit scrappy. "I'm looking forward, you can discuss what you want about the past. I'm focused on going forward and getting the team in the right frame of mind to win the next game." On the performance against a physical Stoke side, who defended well despite being reduced to 10 men in the 25th minute, he added: "When you play against Stoke City you know it is going to be very difficult to break them down because they defend well, they defend with a lot of players, and even the sending off did not change much for them because they still had two banks of four and defended very deep. "I thought today it was going to be a physical affair against Stoke, as it always is, and I wanted to have a powerful, physical team to start with. "I wasn't thinking about the Napoli game. Today was vital for us to win and get three points.   "We've won the last two games, scored three goals, kept two clean sheets, I think we've gained some confidence and belief."

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