Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is beginning to see why no team has been able to defend the champion’s league title since the format began 20 years ago. The champions got off to a great start and were 2-0 up after the new £25 million Brazilian, Oscar, marked his first start with a first half double. Both were long range strikes, the first getting a lucky deflection whereas the second was an unstoppable beauty.
Juventus had pulled one back before the break, but Chelsea seemed to be hanging on for the win until Jon Obi Mikel gave the ball away cheaply with 10 minutes left on the clock. Juventus substitute Quagliarella duly punished Mikel and Chelsea and nearly added a winner at the end. Di Matteo knows that Chelsea will have to be more ruthless in front of goal and control games better if they are to have any hope of being the first team to retain the European trophy.
“We’re disappointed and a little bit deflated because we had put ourselves in a great position to win this game.
“You try to be composed and keep the ball, but we did, at times, give it awat cheaply.
“We made a couple of mistakes on their goals and they had good movement and good finishes so it was a bit of both.”
Oscar was singled out for praise and Di Matteo thought that the referee should have punished Leonardo Bonucci for the challenge that forced Oscar out of the game. The Juventus player seemed to stamp on Oscar and damaged his ankle so Di Matteo replaced him with Juan Mata.