The Straits Times
Published on Nov 16, 2012

Chelsea's Di Matteo defiant ahead of Baggies clash


LONDON (AFP) - Roberto di Matteo has already been forced to dismiss suggestions Chelsea are heading for yet another November slump but there is no doubt his side are in need of three points when they visit fast-improving West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.

When the Blues faced Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last month, they knew victory would take them seven points clear of Alex Ferguson's team.

Instead they fell to a defeat that came with the added cost of red cards for Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres.

And, having drawn their subsequent two league games, the European champions now lie in third place, three points adrift of league leaders United.