first_imgRoberto Di Matteo admitted his Chelsea side suffered a hangover from their midweek Champions League win over Benfica, but insisted they showed their strength by managing to beat Wigan.The interim boss made a host of changes for the game against the Latics, but the home side produced a below-par display.Juan Mata got Chelsea’s winner.Nevertheless, Chelsea’s 2-1 victory – their eighth win in 10 matches since Di Matteo was placed in charge – moved them a step closer to the top four.AdChoices广告“After a Champions League game there’s always a concern that you might have a little hangover for the weekend,” he said.“I think in the first half we didn’t really get into the game. The tempo was slow and the intensity was low, and there’s always that concern when you play midweek.“But we are in a position that we have to win and we are pleased that we got the three points even though you’d say it wasn’t a sparkling performance.“I think that also shows the strength of the team. Teams that win the league don’t always put a sparkling performance in.”See also: Last-ditch Mata goal gives Chelsea victoryFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgArsenal’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League is in the balance ahead of their trip to struggling Middlesbrough this evening.The Gunners, who have never finished outside the top four in Arsene Wenger’s 20 years in charge, are 10 points off the Champions League places.And Wenger knows it’s a massive challenge. Chelsea’s lead over Tottenham at the top of the table remains at four points, after a 2-nil defeat at Manchester United yesterday.Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera lifted United up to fifth in the table.Jose Mourinho’s side are now just four points off a Champions League place, with a game in hand.Liverpool are back into third after winning 1-nil at West Brom.Roberto Firmino with the winner at the Hawthorns.last_img read more