London - Chelsea sunk slick Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2 with their final roll of the
dice on Wednesday but coach Roberto Di Matteo said they were not lucky
winners and deserved a victory that took them closer to the Champions
League knockout stage.
The European Champions and Shakhtar were drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge
with just seconds remaining before substitute Victor Moses thundered in a
header from a corner.
"I think in terms of the timing of the goal you could agree there was an
element of luck because it was the last action of the game but when you
get a win against such a good team as them you deserve it," Di Matteo
told a news conference.
"We did a lot of good things and put them under pressure, especially in
the first half, which produced our two goals for Fernando Torres and
Oscar. We got those goals with high pressure on the goalkeeper.
"It was a game we needed to win and we achieved that under a lot of
pressure. We need to get something out of our last games now."
Chelsea, who nest play away at Juventus, have seven points from four
Group E matches, the same as Shakhtar. Juve are on six and Nordsjaelland
Di Matteo added: "It was always going to be a hard match. They are a
very good side and they have lots of good individual players and they
play well as a team. Certainly because we went ahead twice and lost the
lead and we need to work on these things."
Explaining why club skipper John Terry was left on the bench, even
though he was eligible to play, he said: "JT is a fantastic player for
this club for our team.
"He's got many qualities and I'm very happy he's back available for us
and considering the last four weeks with the pressure of life – I
thought I needed players who were 100 percent match fit for a game like
this but I'm very happy he's back with us and available."
Terry has missed four domestic matches because of suspension, and Di
Matteo continued: "It's not easy to tell a player he's not starting a
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu, the last coach to win a group match at
Chelsea when his Besiktas team won at Stamford Bridge in 2003, rued the
"What can I say? I think we had a lot of the ball and we played better than them.
"We had much better organisation in all our attacks. We had
possibilities to score more. It was a pity in the last minutes we did
not take opportunities. We left some spaces behind. It was a big mistake
the third goal and it's painful to lose like that."
He also regretted the mistakes made by his goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.
"Yes, we have two matches to play and I still think we can qualify for
the last 16, but it would have been much easier with a point. It was a
pity that today we unfortunately had a goalkeeper who made some mistakes
and that cost us.
"He knew what to do on the last goal...He knew very well what I asked
him to do before the game. I told him to stay within the six metres.
"He forgot at the last moment. I am very angry it was a lack of concentration and lack of experience, something went there."