Di Matteo not fearing the sack ahead of crucial Juventus clash

The Blues need to win in Turin to stand a chance of progressing to the knockout phase of the Champions League, and the Italian says his focus is on the club rather than himself

Roberto Di Matteo has dismissed talk of growing pressure on his position on Chelsea, instead focusing on Tuesday’s crucial Champions League group game against Juventus.

A defeat to their Italian opponents will leave the holders on the brink of an early exit from the competition.

But Di Matteo has refuted claims that a run of just two wins in seven games – which has seen the club concede their four-point lead at the top of the Premier League – has led to fears over his future.

“I am not thinking about my own position," Di Matteo told reporters. "I’m just preparing for a big challenge and making some important decisions.

“I’m not going to disclose any conversations with the owner and at the moment we are all thinking positively.

“There was obvious frustration with the result at West Brom at the weekend and now we owe ourselves a good performance.

"But we’ve proven many times before that, when it really counts, our players can be counted upon and everyone is fully committed for this game.

Chelsea traditionally slump during the autumn months, with a record of losing three of six and three of seven games during November 2011 and 2010 respectively.

But Di Matteo points to similar pressure to succeed on Serie A champions Juventus, adding that the unity of the Chelsea squad will see his side through.

He added: “We all know the importance of this match and my intention is to create as many problems as possible for Juventus, who know they must win to stay in the competition and are under a lot of pressure.

“We are all in this together and I believe we have a good group who can get a positive result.”