Juventus v Chelsea: Roberto Di Matteo not fearing for his job

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Players to rediscover belief - Di Matteo

Uefa Champions League: Juventus v Chelsea

Venue:
Juventus Stadium
Date:
Tuesday 20 November
Kick-off:
19:45 GMT
Coverage:
Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live with text commentary on the BBC Sport website.``

Roberto Di Matteo is refusing to consider what impact an early exit from the Champions League could have on his future at Chelsea.

Defeat against Juventus on Tuesday would leave Di Matteo's side on the brink of an exit from the group stage.

But despite two wins in seven games, Di Matteo is not fearing for his job.

"I'm not thinking about that. I'm preparing for the game and the team and have important decisions to make about that," he said.

"We are very confident we can have a good game and, hopefully, a good result."

The poor run of form, which has sparked speculation about Di Matteo's position, has revived memories of the team's previous autumnal struggles.

The Stamford Bridge side won only two of their six games in November last season and three in seven during the same month of their 2010-11 campaign.

The 2-1 defeat at West Brom at the weekend was reportedly followed by a heated discussion in the Chelsea changing room at the Hawthorns.

But Di Matteo, who signed on the back of winning the Champions League and the FA Cup as caretaker, insists there are no problems within his squad.

He added: "It's important that we communicate with each other, and the players express themselves. I've always encouraged that.

"They need to have belief in themselves, and that's the most important aspect.

"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."

Di Matteo received backing from Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who said the whole squad were behind him.

"From last year, when he took the job, he did tremendously well and achieved such a lot in a short space of time," said the England international.

"We started the campaign really well. We're all behind him and he's definitely the right man.

"He proved it last year and I'm sure he will prove it this year as well."

Juventus assistant manager Angelo Alessio believes that his fellow Italian will keep his job and stay true to his attacking philosophy regardless of the pressure.

"I don't think he is actually going to lose his job if they don't qualify," he said.

"He did something extraordinary last season and he is showing it again this year.

"We don't expect a game from a Chelsea side who will not come to attack us.

"They have great attackers and I cannot see them playing any other way."

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