Boss happy after Chelsea close on rivals

Roberto Di Matteo says the pressure is on the teams above Chelsea after their win at Aston Villa.

The victory – Chelsea’s sixth in eight games since Di Matteo took over as interim manager – left them two points behind Tottenham and five behind Arsenal, who lost at QPR.

It means the Blues are still in the race for a top-four finish and have momentum behind them in the final weeks of the season.

“All the remaining games are massively important and we have done all we can to put pressure on the sides above us,” said Di Matteo.

“Apart from the five minutes when Villa scored two goals, we were strong and we controlled the game.

“We had many chances and it was a shame we could not kill off the game earlier, but it was still another fantastic performance.”

On a less positive note for Di Matteo, defender David Luiz is a doubt for the Champions League clash with Benfica after suffering an ankle injury.

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