Goals the only thing missing at QPR, says Chelsea boss

18:57 15 September 2012

Roberto Di Matteo. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA wire

Roberto Di Matteo. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Roberto Di Matteo said he was happy with his team’s performance against QPR, with just a lack of a goal a “disappointment’

The two west London rivals played out a 0-0 draw but the Italian thought his side were the more dominant.

He said: “Because of the history and rivalry between the two sides, I though we did well.

“My only disappointment was that we did not score a goal - we controlled the game.”

Di Matteo, while never furious vocally, could not hide his dismay at the lack of at least one of two genuine penalty shouts.

“The incident with Ryan Nelsen, well, it was a stonewall penalty,” he exclaimed.

“The second, with Hazard? There was contact [from Wright-Phillips], but Terry’s was 100 per cent,” repeated the Chelsea boss.

Fearing that he might be seen to be critical of referee Andre Mariner, Di Matteo added: “It’s a difficult job, being a ref - he has to make an instant decision.”

On the contentious pre-match handshakes, Di Matteo did not want to elaborate but was happy to say that: ”We offered to shake hands, we did our part.”

Di Matteo added of the match: “We should focus on the football, not the handshakes. Our guys did not have a problem with this, it was just another case of not scoring. On another day we would have.

“I’m not concerned that we did not score - normally we do. If we continue to create chances then we will.”

Fernando Torres appeared to storm down the tunnel following his substitution but Di Matteo had words of comfort for his £50m striker.

“No player is happy when taken off, it’s not a problem,” the manager said.

Chelsea now turn their attention to Juventus at Stamford Bridge, on Wednesday in the opening match of this season’s Champions League group matches.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Submit your Chelsea player ratings

Latest Chelsea news

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Manager Jose Mourinho and John Terry of Chelsea (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Chelsea defender John Terry has signed a new contract until the end of the 2015/16 campaign, the Premier League club have announced.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Roy Hodgson is set to hand Harry Kane his England debut (Pictures: Getty)

England manager Roy Hodgson has backed man-of-the-moment Harry Kane to succeed in international football - but stopped short of revealing whether he would make his debut against Lithuania.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tottenham's Harry Kane fires a shot at goal (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney went head to head in training ahead of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Paulo Dybala of Palermo  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Palermo have admitted that they have received bids of €35m for star striker Paulo Dybala.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Chelsea have been joined by Manchester City in the race to sign Brazilian star Felipe Anderson.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Chelsea Transfer News