Roberto Di Matteo hits back at criticism

Roberto Di Matteo
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Roberto Di Matteo claims that he can't understand why Chelsea are being portrayed as the "worst team in England".

Chelsea caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo believes that the Blues have not been given enough credit for their turnaround this season.

The London club, who remain in contention for the Champions League trophy as well as the FA Cup, were at the centre of criticism from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger at the weekend, who claimed that the former Premier League champions were too negative during their stalemate at the Emirates on Saturday.

"What can I say?" Di Matteo said. "From where I'm sitting, we are one point now behind Tottenham, in the final of the FA Cup and semi-final of the Champions League, and we seem to be the worst team in England, you know?

"That's what it feels like sometimes. I'm not going to tell you what I use [to motivate the players]. I'm not saying it's unfair. We respect everybody's opinion."

The Blues take on Barcelona at the Nou Camp tomorrow for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final with a 1-0 advantage.

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