DI MATTEO: OPPORTUNITIES FOR OLYMPIANS

Posted on: Thu 05 Jul 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has been discussing the involvement of Chelsea players at this summer's London Olympics.

Ryan Bertrand and Daniel Sturridge, who is hoping to recover from viral meningitis, have been named in Stuart Pearce's Great Britain squad, while Spanish pair Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu will join up at a training camp before their selection is confirmed, and David Luiz will be in the Brazil squad.

'Daniel and Ryan have been called up and it's a great opportunity for the players to be involved in the British team,' Di Matteo said.

'As a manager you would like to have them with you for pre-season but it's the Olympic Games and the players would like to be involved

'It's an opportunity that players don't want to lose out on. It's not ideal but I think there will be many clubs in the same situation as us.'

It is possible we could be without Juan Mata, who has not yet enjoyed a holiday following our Champions League victory back in May, for some time if Spain are successful in London.

'Mata's case is a bit different as he was in the European Championship as well. It depends on when they go out or if they go to the end and how his situation is both physically and mentally. There is always this dilemma with the national teams. We will have to work around it.

'Pre-season is very important for the players,' he acknowledged. 'It's a bit disrupted with the European Championships and players going to the Olympics, so we are looking at the end of July, beginning of August to have the whole squad together, but I will work in pre-season on what we want to do in the next season.'

Most of the first team squad returns to Cobham for pre-season training today, with those absent being either on Olympic duty or enjoying a holiday after playing in the European Championships. They have been given three weeks off from the date when their participation ended.