A disappointed Nemanja Matic believes we were unfortunate to lose yesterday’s game at home to Sunderland.
The defeat was our first at Stamford Bridge in the league this season and is a major setback to our hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League with just three games to go now. The Serbian midfielder played the full 90 minutes and he gave his verdict afterwards on a match packed with drama.
‘We did give our best but we were unlucky and we lost because of that,’ said Matic
‘What was wrong? I don’t know. We players and all the staff gave our best to win the game. We had some good chances to score for 2-1 but we didn’t and then they got the penalty.
‘I didn’t see that situation very well. I have to see it on television one more time but this is football. It’s not my job to comment if it was a penalty for them, or if it was a penalty for us in a few moments. We are players and we have to take care of only what we do in training or in games.’
Matic also stressed the players had not got ahead of themselves prior to yesterday’s game, knowing that a Champions League semi-final tie Atletico Madrid and a league clash away to Liverpool beckoned the following week. Though the 25-year-old is ineligible for the trip to Spain, he believes those who do feature will be ready to try to get a positive result.
‘We are always focused. For us the next game is the most important. For us Sunderland was the most important game, we spoke about that before it.
‘This is football and sometimes you have to lose, unluckily it’s happened. Now we adjust the team’s focus for the next game which is Atletico Madrid.
‘I’m not going to play but of course it’s going to be a difficult game because Atletico are a good team but we are Chelsea and the players will be prepared for that. We have to do our best to get a good result and to go to the final.’