Aug 22 2012 By Yann Tear
ROBERTO Di Matteo has hailed the instant impact made by summer signing Eden Hazard.
The Belgian followed up Saturday's impressive debut at Wigan with another energetic performance against Reading and always seemed to be available for team-mates on a thrilling night at the Bridge.
His constant involvement lasted beyond the 90th minute too, as he led the counter-attack for Branislav Ivanovic's crowning goal in a 4-2 win.
“He's certainly had an impact,” said the Chelsea boss. “He and Juan Mata linked up very well and he's finding his feet very quickly. It's very pleasing for us.
“But I was very happy with the team's performance as a whole for long periods of the game.
“I think we lost a little bit our composure when Reading scored their equaliser and second goal, but we started off very very good with some great football and finished off very strongly.
“I think there was a lot of good football – a lot of rotation between our players and we attacked in numbers, creating several chances and the players were really enjoying themselves.”
Although the Blues looked uncharacteristically wobbly at the back at times, Di Matteo was unfazed by the apparent vulnerability.
“In the second half we were very offensive and maybe lost our balance a little bit, but we had to take a risk as we were behind,” he said
“But I would like to think that defensively we are quite good. We had a clean sheet on the first day and tonight Reading did well. They are always dangerous on the break with the pace they have.
“On the other hand we've scored six goals in two games. We have to try to be solid – that's how you can win more games.”
The Italian added: “We are very pleased with six points after two games. I don't know if we can stay at the top. We are taking it game by game and we are enjoying tonight's victory and tomorrow morning, we'll think about Newcastle.”
David Luiz is expected to be fit for Saturday after a minor knee injury kept him out of Wednesday night's squad.