Roberto Di Matteo not after individual recognition

Di Matteo not after recognition
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Roberto Di Matteo insists that Chelsea's players are rightly receiving the plaudits for their excellent start to the season.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has insisted that he is unconcerned by the lack of individual praise he has received for his side's fine early-season form.

The Blues currently sit top of the Premier League with 22 points from eight matches, and displayed their potential title credentials with an impressive 4-2 victory at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Much of this success could be put down to a radical change in playing style implemented by the Italian, which has been applauded by both critics and neutrals alike.

However, it has been Chelsea's players, in particular their attacking midfield trio of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar who have received most of the plaudits.

Di Matteo has played down his role in Chelsea's excellent start to the campaign and stressed that it is the players who are rightly getting all of the recognition.

He said: "It doesn't matter at all. I'm just happy to be leading this group and working with these players and working for the club that I have in my heart.

"The players deserve all this credit because it's been extremely difficult last season and also this season evolving our system of play and integrating new players and so on.

"I'm just here to help and do my job as good as I can and hopefully that will carry on for a long time for us."

Di Matteo also won the Champions League and FA Cup double during his time as Blues caretaker boss last season.

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