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Di Matteo insists Blues are united

Roberto Di Matteo said that his Chelsea players were still united after defeat to West Brom and insisted, ahead of tonight's crucial game against Juventus, that they would not become the first holders of the Champions League to go out at the group stages the following season.

The Chelsea manager revealed that he was considering whether to leave Fernando Torres out of the side for the first time this season after the striker's poor run of form has seen him score just once in the last seven matches.

Di Matteo (right) said he had a number of "important decisions" to make on the team ahead of this game.

The Blues' boss accepted there had been strong words exchanged in the away dressing-room after the Hawthorns defeat.

"Yeah, it's not the first time to be honest," he said. "We demand a lot of ourselves, expect a lot of ourselves. We were very disappointed and frustrated, so it's good sometimes.

"It's normal when things don't go your way. We owe ourselves a good performance. But we've proven many times before that, when it matters, our players can be counted on."

He added: "We work together and, at the moment, we're all in it together and believe we have a good group, a good team, and are pulling together. We believe we can get a positive result."

Left-back Ashley Cole travelled as part of the squad to Turin yesterday and is available to play for the first time since the defeat to Manchester United on October 28.

Irish Independent