Bertrand pleased with Blues opportunities

Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand is grateful for the playing opportunities manager Roberto Di Matteo has given him so far.

Football News: Ryan Bertrand

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The young Englishman's star has continued to rise ever since he featured in Chelsea's Champions League final win. Respectable performances for Team GB in the London 2012 Men's Football tournament was followed by a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad recently for the Three Lions' victory over Italy.

On the club level, Bertrand got his name on the score-sheet despite coming on as a substitute in the Blues' Community Shield loss to Manchester City, and he made his first start of the new season when Di Matteo allocated him an attacking role in the team's Premier League win over Wigan.

Chelsea new boy Eden Hazard that drew most of plaudits from the result at the DW Stadium, but Bertrand told the Daily Express that there was plenty of satisfaction on his part from the playing time and patience Di Matteo has offered.

"For me personally it was great to get that start. I said at the start of the season that I wanted to increase the amount of games I played from last season so it's really positive," he shared.

"With the big-money signings there have been, to retain my place is great for me. I really appreciate it and we managed to repay the manager with a win."

Chelsea will host Reading in the next Premier League fixture tomorrow [Wednesday].

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