Roberto Di Matteo was satisfied with another tough workout on our American tour, despite falling to defeat against the MLS All-Stars.
We had come from behind to lead in Philadelphia, only to concede an equaliser and then an injury-time winner against the pick of the US league, which included both David Beckham and Thierry Henry.
'We're disappointed with the result, we are always looking to win and we were a little bit stretched in the second half,' Di Matteo said. 'I made some changes and the team was maybe not as together as in the first half where it was a bit more settled.
'The MLS team looked very sharp and were obviously in season so looked sharper than us. For us it was important to get players on the pitch and as many minutes as possible. We have to look to improve the way we play a little bit but I was happy with the play in the first half and it was a good test for us.'
Asked about where his side struggled tonight, Di Matteo felt we need to cover more ground getting forward to support lone striker Romelu Lukaku.
'We need to help our striker a little bit more for sure, he needs more support and we need more penetration, but that will come,' the manager said. 'We have players who have only trained for five, seven or 10 days, so we weren't expecting to be sharp but we are working towards our first league game which is important for us.
'Another important aspect is we haven't had any injuries so far. We are getting slowly together, some players have been back just a few days and the team is slowly coming together. It will take a little bit of time for sure.'
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