Roberto Di Matteo insists he has no plans to give John Terry a complete break from football while he serves his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.
Terry watched Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 from the stands as he began the suspension that was imposed by the
The 31-year-old has retained the Chelsea captaincy despite the FA's sanction, and he looks set to lead the Blues out in their UEFA Champions League group clash in Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning AEDT).
Terry could be forgiven for wanting to take a break after such a tumultuous year, but when asked whether he had ever considered such an option,
"No," said the Italian, who now hopes the club can move on from the matter.
"It has been a delicate issue and we are going to continue working with the authorities to eradicate discrimination.
"The board has made the final decision (to keep Terry as captain) and we can focus just on our football while keeping in mind that we have responsibilities to keep working towards a more respectful world."
One player who
The decision has proven to be a wise one, with the Spaniard taking his goal tally to six in five after bagging a quick-fire brace to swing the game in Chelsea's favour against Spurs.
"He played in the Euros and the Olympic Games, so it was of vital importance that we gave him a break, mentally and physically,"
"It was a good decision from the way he is playing. This last international break, when he wasn't selected, has given him another little breather."
It was Mata's partnership with Oscar and Hazard again which caused the most destruction and
"We have been lucky with the way the players we signed have settled in to the club quickly and into the Premier League,"
"That's thanks to the players who were already here, particularly Oscar, as the Spanish and Portuguese players have helped him integrate quicker."
"Our December schedule is crazy, so we have to wait to see where we stand then."
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