The Thoughts of Robbie - Juventus (a)
Following the rude awakening the 3-0 defeat in Turin, last night, served up, it took an age for Roberto Di Matteo to emerge from the Chelsea dressing room to give his post match thoughts.
Naturally, with Chelsea`s Champions League hopes hanging by a slender thread, following the rout, Di Matteo faced some probing questions about the result and his future.
But, as you`d expect, Roberto answered in his normal eloquent manner and took the blame for the events of last night fairly and squarely on the chin, remarking,
"I`m responsible for the result and I`m responsible for the performance."
"It`s a negative evening for us and if anyone has to take the blame, it`s me."
"I selected a team I was convinced was the right team to win against Juventus, or at least get a draw. So the blame belongs to me."
And on the growing, media driven, speculation over his future, he added,
"I`ve not spoken to any of the executives tonight and I`m probably not the right person to ask about my future."
"At the moment I am here and I think I will be here for the future."
"Mathematically, it`s still possible to qualify for the next round. Who says that Juventus are not going to lose at Shakhtar in their final game?"
"We just have to make sure we win our last game and hope 10 points is enough to take us through."
But it is never an ideal situation relying on events elsewhere to safeguard our path to the knockout stages and the thought of playing in the Europa League, journeying to far-flung, obscure destinations, will surely have ramifications.
However, in a bust period whereby we face 6 games in 18 days, Roberto did take time out to look ahead t an enticing fixture, at Stamford Bridge, against Manchester City this Sunday, commenting,
"We have to pick ourselves up for another massive game against Manchester City on Sunday but when the results are negative everything will be questioned."
"At a big club like this, if you have a few bad results, you are going to be under pressure. It was the same from day one as it is now"
Could Sunday be do-or-die?
Is it acceptable to go 5 Premier League games without a win?
I fear those dark, storm clouds are gathering, how about you?