Di Matteo content with Terry choice
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo believes he made the right call in selecting John Terry for his side's win over Arsenal at The Emirates.
The Blues skipper was included in the Italian's team for their 2-1 victory over the Gunners on Saturday despite two days earlier being found guilty by the FA of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a game with QPR in October 2011. Terry is still waiting for written confirmation of the reasons behind the verdict before deciding whether to lodge an appeal against the £220,000 fine and four match ban that he received, which meant that he was eligible to play this weekend. Di Matteo seriously considered whether to include him after such a challenging week, but felt his performance against Arsene Wenger's team justified his decision to select the 31-year-old centre-back. He said: "It was the right choice to pick John. I had a conversation with John about the game. I speak to all my players all the time. Of course, I considered not picking John. I had to think about what the right team was for the game and eventually I made the right selection. "John showed his leadership qualities and what a good defender he is for the team." Terry handed his boots to a young Chelsea fan after the final whistle on Saturday, in a gesture which didn't surprise his manager, as he often sees the other side to the defender's character than the one portrayed in the media. Di Matteo added: "There are always a lot of negative things highlighted about John, but he does a lot of good work as well. He gives a lot of boots away to kids. He does a lot of positive stuff."