Nov 17 2012 By Dan Levene
ROBERTO Di Matteo has blamed his squad's jet-setting programme for their dire display in the Midlands today.
Chelsea lost 2-1 to West Brom, with the Blues' boss conceding that Chelsea have sunk yet again into one of their seemingly annual November 'blips'.
Speaking after the defeat, Di Matteo said of his players' programme of midweek international friendlies: “They were all over Europe and the world. Our players were coming back with long flights – five, six hours.
“They were not in the condition to last the game.”
A poor run of league form means Chelsea are now experiencing their third consecutive poor showing in November after last year's faltering period under Andre Villas-Boas, and the previous autumn's 'bad moment' under Carlo Ancelotti.
But Di Matteo says he is at a loss to explain it. “For some unknown reason - three years now - in November we have this blip,” he said.