Having seen what looked like a return to winning ways in the league denied by a late Swansea equaliser, Roberto Di Matteo backed his side to show their resolve in the weeks ahead.
Victor Moses, who retained his place after an impressive cup showing midweek, headed in off the post to give Chelsea a second-half lead, only for Pablo Hernandez to equalise inside the final five minutes.
Di Matteo admitted his team didn’t perform in the attacking sense as well as in recent weeks.
‘I thought we had a little more of the game and more clear chances than Swansea,’ he said after the game, ‘and when the opposition equalise late on you always feel it is a bit unlucky, but Swansea scored a quality goal.
‘We lacked a little creativity. It is hard to win away in the Premier League and this is only the second game we have drawn, the others we have won. It was just disappointing that we didn’t hold on to our lead, sometimes when you are not brilliant you can hang on to a result like that.
‘At the back we didn’t conceded too much up against their strikers but the one time we did give them space we were punished.’
On no Juan Mata
‘He is an influential player for us, especially in the form he is in, but Eden Hazard was fantastic for us today and Oscar did well also. The players who played gave everything. Hazard has showed all the time this season that he has good technical ability but he also works very hard for the team. He is a team player.’
On the Chelsea goalscorer
‘Victor Moses is a winger and he is doing well. He is very young and there is more to come from him.’
On possible tiredness creeping in
‘We certainly felt this week with the two Man United games and extra time. It is certainly something we look at, and the players in their national squads don’t have any rest during the international breaks. We have to try to utilise our squad and make sure we are fresh.’
On losing the lead in the league table
‘It is a long season and it is going to be very tight. There are going to be a few teams fighting for the top but we are in touch and we are going to show how strong we are in the future.’