The Blues manager has praised his side following their 6-1 masterclass over lowly QPR on Sunday with a Fernando Torres hat-trick capping a one-sided London derbyChelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has praised his side for producing a 6-1 destruction of struggling QPR side at Stamford Bridge.
A Fernando Torres hat-trick added to QPR’s relegation woes, with the Spanish striker building on the late winner that saw his side beat Barcelona in midweek.
Goals from Daniel Sturridge, John Terry and two from an in-form Torres made the score 4-0 to the home side at the half hour mark. Further strikes from Torres and Florent Malouda after the break sealed the win for Chelsea despite Djibril Cissé’s 84th minute consolation for Mark Hughes’ QPR.
“I think we played well today,” Di Matteo told Sky Sports. “We played some really good football and scored goals and the three points - we are pleased with the way we got them. We have some very good players in the squad. I have said from the first day that you need to utilise your squad and it's the only way to be able to achieve our targets.
I'm very pleased for everybody today - the ones that played and the ones that didn't play. It's been a good day for us.”
When asked if he expected a seven-goal thriller following his side’s exhausting Champions League semifinal victory over the Catalan giants, Di Matteo admitted he was surprised his side managed to re-focus in time for the visit of Rangers.
“No if I have to be honest, after the mid-week Champions League game, sometimes it's difficult to re-focus," he admitted. "But the players did extremely well today to focus for this game, and I have to say they surprised me.”
Fernando Torres, who has now scored 10 goals for Chelsea this season, has hit form at the right time, striking the back of the net four times in the last week.
“He deserves all the credit,” Di Matteo continued. “He's been working hard and the goals didn't always come but we were always pleased with his attitude and his work-rate. The strikers eventually needed to score the goals and it's good that he scored for us.”
Di Matteo also had much praise for captain Terry, who scored his side’s second goal of the day early in the first half.
“He's our leader," the Italian added. "I said this after the Barcelona game and he showed again today the leadership qualities that he has. We had an unusual back four today and he really led the team. He was outstanding.”
Chelsea plays Newcastle United on Wednesday in a clash dubbed as a battle for fourth place. The Blues are currently a point behind the Magpies in sixth.
“Wednesday is again going to be a massive game," Di Matteo admitted. “We only have massive games left. We just have to try and do our best and no one knows what's going to happen at the end."
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