Roberto Di Matteo reflected that his Chelsea team were second best on the night against Atletico Madrid, with too much space afforded to Radamel Falcao.
Atleti defeated the Italian’s side 4-1 to win the UEFA Super Cup and the Coach was honest in his summation.
“In the first half we were very poor, whereas Atletico were extremely sharp. We started very slowly and sloppily and they penalised us,” Di Matteo stated to ITV afterwards.
“In the first half we gave away three goals and you simply cannot do that against a team like Atletico Madrid. The effort was there, but they were just much better than we were.
“The players have a lot to learn – we have to get much better. It is a shame we cannot be competitive in a European final like this.
“We will continue to try and slowly change the team’s style, but we did not play well at all here. We will bounce back. It was a bad defeat but we have had some good days before this one.
“We gave Falcao far too much space and time. You cannot give him any space because he is too dangerous. If you give him half a yard he can put it in the top corner.
“He did score a very good goal with the second one but we still should have blocked it before.”