Chelsea boss plays down Torres reaction

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo played down the significance of Fernando Torres’ reaction to being substituted during the west London derby against QPR.

Striker Torres was clearly unhappy after being replaced by Daniel Sturridge in the 0-0 draw at Loftus Road, where the Blues were twice denied a penalty.

Eden Hazard was brought down in the box by Shaun Wright-Phillips and skipper John Terry, who picked up a knock during the game and will be assessed on Sunday, was wrestled to the floor by Ryan Nelsen.

Torres endured a frustrating afternoon before being taken off, but Di Matteo said: “No player is happy when they come off. It’s not a problem.”

The Italian added: “The only disappointment is that we didn’t score a goal. It was a good performance from us and we controlled the game.

“We had chances to score, it was just the goal that was missing. One goal would probably been enough to win the game.

“With the penalty incidents and with the chances we created, on another day we could have scored.

“With Hazard the referee was in a good position and there was contact. Maybe he didn’t think it was  enough, but with JT and Nelsen it was a stonewall penalty.”

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