Champions League & Roberto Di Matteo

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. Roberto Di Matteo (born 29 May 1970) is a Swiss-born Italian former footballer and the current caretaker manager of Chelsea through the end of the 2011-12 season. 5.0/5

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Roberto Di Matteo once won a Champions League... Jose record in the past has been great, for last 18 months he's failed
Roberto Di Matteo deserves a humanitarian award and a statue for winning the Champions League final with Luiz and Cahi…
Then how come we won the Champions League with freakin Roberto Di Matteo
Roberto Di Matteo managed Chelsea for a few months, won the Champions League. Wenger's been failing to win it for 20 years.
what's happened to Roberto Di Matteo? Won Chelsea the Champions League then got sacked
Roberto Di Matteo has won the Champions League on penalties aswell
if we have to bring back anyone its gonna be Roberto Di Matteo, weve gotta win Champions League again
Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League, is he better than Wenger?
Roberto Di Matteo took no time at all to win the Champions League. Tony Barton even less. There's nothing to see here.
I'm sorry but Roberto Di Matteo won us the Champions League. You're irrelevant and ignorant. Go home, kid .
Bear in mind that just 86 days after taking over at Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League
Happy 45th birthday to Roberto Di Matteo, Champions League winner with Chelsea as interim manager in 2012.
I don't think I want to live in a world where Roberto Di Matteo has a Champions League medal and Wenger hasn't.
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Ahead of his reunion with Chelsea tonight, listen to how Roberto Di Matteo led the Blues to Uefa Champions League success in 2012.
Jose Mourinho claimed his Chelsea team is a thing of “beauty” after they racked up their biggest Champions League away win for 15 years. John Terry, Willian, Didier Drogba, Ramires and an own goal from Schalke midfielder Jan Kirchoff inflicted a crushing defeat later described by boss Roberto Di Matteo as “the most painful of my career”. Mourinho said: “This happiness, this flair, this beauty. The way we are doing things, we are very happy. “To win 5-0 in Germany is even more not normal. The performance was complete. It was very impressive. We have a good team. Obviously we can lose and the bad result is waiting for us. But the reality is the team is playing very well.”
Classy Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 on Tuesday to power into the last 16 of the Champions League and make it a miserable night for their former coach Roberto Di Matteo.
Jose Mourinho was thrilled with the emphatic result against Schalke as well as his team’s performance which was close to perfect from the first minute to the last. The Blues romped to our equal-biggest ever away win in the Champions League tonight, with three first-half goals and two in 60 seconds after the break doing the damage. John Terry, Willian and an own goal had us 3-0 ahead at the interval and more scintillating football after the break was rewarded when substitutes Didier Drogba and then Ramires netted in quick succession. It was no less than a brilliant team performance deserved, as Mourinho acknowledged afterwards… ‘We played a fantastic match,’ the manager enthused. ‘The team is very confident. We needed to come and play and we showed that from the first minute. ‘The team was always in control playing top quality football, strong defensively, no mistakes, no real saves for Courtois, just one rebound which hit the bar. It was very impressive. ‘In the second half we didn’t need ...
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes his team's "perfect" performance in the 5-0 Champions League win at Schalke is one of the club's finest away performances. The Blues thrashed ex-boss Roberto Di Matteo's side to qualify for the last 16 with one Group G game remaining. "I don't remember Chelsea playing this way away from home," said Mourinho. "Obviously, there have been great wins away from home with me, Roberto and other managers. But this was very impressive. Very complete." The Premier League leaders, who are now unbeaten in 19 matches across all competitions, continued their fine form with a clinical performance in Germany. Chelsea led 3-0 at half-time after goals from John Terry, Willian and Schalke defender Jan Kirchhoff, before Didier Drogba and Ramires completed the rout in the final 15 minutes. "I think they have to accept we were too strong for them," added Mourinho, whose side inflicted Schalke's first home defeat since April. "When you lose against a team that produces a perfect performance a ...
Schalke 0-5 Chelsea: Mourinho's men cruise into Champions League last 16 The Blues guaranteed a place at the top of their group after a dominating victory over club hero Roberto Di Matteo's side in Gelsenkirchen, playing some excellent football By Tony Kelshaw Nov 25, 2014 21:32:00 Chelsea romped to a 5-0 victory away against Schalke to confirm themselves as winners of their Champions League group with a game to spare. The Blues took the lead in just the second minute when John Terry headed home a corner and their superiority was clear from that point onward. Willian finished a glorious team move to double their advantage just before the half-hour before Schalke's Jan Kirchhoff, having a dreadful game and hauled off at the break moments later, inexplicably headed into his own net under no pressure from a Chelsea corner. Jose Mourinho's side continued to push in the second half and, galvanised by Didier Drogba's arrival as a substitute, scored two in quick succession through the Ivorian and then Ramires to ...
Roberto Di Matteo apologized to Schalke fans following their 5-0 defeat to Chelsea at home in the Champions League.
Chelsea offer no respite to old hero Roberto Di Matteo at Schalke What a difference a few centimetres make. That was the margin between Naldo's late header for Wolfsburg at the Veltins Arena on Saturday afternoon hitting the crossbar -- as it did -- or going in, which would have seen Schalke shell a three-goal lead against direct rivals for a Champions League spot. Instead, after holding on for a 3-2 victory, Roberto Di Matteo can exhale and look back on four home wins out of four since he took charge exactly seven weeks ago. The pause to look at that record is brief, though, with the Champions League visit of his former club Chelsea to Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night. It is a crucial game in Schalke's season, hot on the heels of the last one. The treadmill is relentless, a fact underlined by Di Matteo as he barely acknowledged the emotional side of his reunion with The Blues as he looked forward to the game with various members of the British media last week. This is how it is at a club the size of Schalk ...
Hazard: Aiming high The Blues head into our penultimate match of the Champions League group campaign in Schalke tonight knowing a victory would see us progress to the knockout stage in top spot, and Eden Hazard is targetting three points from the Veltins-Arena for the second consecutive season. Jose Mourinho’s side have taken four points from the two games on our travels in this season’s competition to date, with a 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon preceding the 1-1 draw in Maribor last time out. We were drawn alongside Schalke, who are now managed by Former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo, at the same stage of last season’s competition, running out 3-0 winners in both matches, with Hazard scoring in the away fixture. ‘I remember we played very well,’ the winger recalls. ‘I scored my first goal in the Champions League, which came on the counter attack. ‘Fernando Torres scored two and it was a very strong performance from the whole team. The atmosphere in German stadiums is always very ...
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is "not here to discuss" opposing manager Roberto Di Matteo - a former Blues boss - ahead of their Champions League game away at Schalke.
"You can finish fifth and win the Champions League. Right. Liverpool did, and Chelsea, too." Jose Mourinho taking a dig on Roberto Di Matteo
Jose Mourinho not impressed by Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea success Jose Mourinho insists he is not motivated by the thought of matching Roberto Di Matteo's achievement of winning the Champions League with Chelsea. Instead the Portuguese wants to set about building his next great team at Stamford Bridge, one that is capable of challenging for the trophy which has so far eluded him during his time in west London. Having delivered European Cups whilst in charge at Porto and Inter Milan, Mourinho so far has not been able to repeat the feat with Chelsea - whose one and only success in the competition came under Di Matteo's stewardship in 2012. But this season has started promisingly for the Blues, who are unbeaten in all competitions and sit clear at the top of the Premier League. Progression into the knockout stages of the Champions League can be attained with a victory over Di Matteo's Schalke side in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening but Mourinho is not thinking about having to equal the Italian's triumphs d ...
Jose Mourinho comes up against the only coach to have steered Chelsea to the Champions League title when the Blues travel to Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke 04 on Tuesday.
Champions League: Chelsea aim to secure top spot with Schalke win Schalke head coach Roberto Di Matteo Chelsea travel to Gelsenkirchen to take on Schalke on Tuesday night looking for the win that will confirm top spot in Group G. However, it could be an emotional evening for the west London club as they come face to face with former manager Roberto Di Matteo, who replaced Jens Keller in the dugout at the Veltins-Arena in October, for the first time since the popular Italian guided the Blues to their maiden Champions League triumph in May 2012. The Bundesliga outfit are in urgent need of the points themselves though in their bid to make it through to the knockout phase of Europe’s premier club competition in February. And yet with 10 wins and just five losses from their last 20 European home games, Di Matteo and Co will be confident of keeping hold of second spot come the full-time whistle on Tuesday. Get a Sky Sports Pass Upgrade to Sky Sports But Schalke also know that Jose Mourinho’s side are one of ...
Jose Mourinho sounds distinctly unimpressed by Chelsea Football Club's 2012 Uefa Champions League win under Roberto Di Matteo. Here’s what the Blues boss has had to say...
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is Roberto Di Matteo a 'great' manager & better than Wenger because he managed a Champions League winning side?
Where have all Chelsea's Champions League heroes gone? Chelsea players celebrate winning their Champions League final against Bayern Munich (Picture: Reuters) A set of players became immortal as Chelsea lifted the Champions League trophy in Munich in May 2012. This may be the most famous night in the club’s history but just two summers later and there are few survivors from the squad that overcame all odds to lift the trophy. At the start of the 2011-2012 season Chelsea appointed Andre Villas-Boas as manager with the remit of redeveloping an ageing Chelsea team. He failed and did not last the season, leaving with the club outside of the top four in the Premier League and on their way out of the Champions League . Roberto Di Matteo took temporary charge, sparking an incredible against all odds cup run which saw Chelsea overcome two behemoths of European Football to win the clubs Holy Grail. Despite being down to 10 men and behind on aggregate at the Nou Camp, Barcelona were miraculously vanquished. Then ...
So who do we want for the job ? Roberto Di Matteo for me a born Leader and will get respect & players playing for him ohhh and a champions league winning medal is always an added bonus MOT
Moment you realise Roberto Di Matteo wins FA cup in just half a season time... and another cup called Champions League
Norwich City FC parked 11 buses and trailers at Stamford Bridge and got the result they wanted. Now do you know what that means for José Mourinho and Chelsea Football Club? It means a season without a trophy. The EPL, Carling Cup, The FA Cup and The Uefa Champions League are all gone. Chelsea are a team of brilliant stars, but it is Mourinho's tactics and anti-football strategies that have failed to deliver for Chelsea. Shame on Mourinho, Roberto Di Matteo is a Trillion X better than him.
Roberto Di Matteo in the studio tonight. Respect to him for delivering the Champions League
Sad truth is that Moyes, who was a disaster, is probably more famous than Roberto Di Matteo, who won the Champions League. Eish.
Chelsea played a weakened team at Liverpool in 2012 with Champions League final on the horizon Jose Mourinho may get his wish to play a weakened team against Liverpool this Sunday, but it's not the first time Chelsea have rung the changes at Anfield. The Blues boss wants to rest players ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday with the Premier League title almost out of reach. But, two years ago, Chelsea went to Anfield and fielded a below-par side, just as the Portuguese manager wants to do this weekend. Having beaten Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday May 5, 2012, Chelsea had little to play for in the league and had a Champions League final looming against Bayern Munich a fortnight later. Roberto Di Matteo's side visited Anfield three days after beating Liverpool at Wembley and made eight changes to their starting line-up. Only John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires survived from the cup-winning side, and Liverpool took advantage ...
Roberto Di Matteo was sacked after winning the Champions League for God's sake, we need new a new manager
Why no club wants Roberto Di Matteo as their manager?! He helped Chelsea won the Champions League. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Even Roberto Di Matteo can put 11 blokes behind the ball and win the Champions League.
23 March 2014 | Skysports News : + Former Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo,told www.skysports.com that he is ready to get back to being Manager after he took some time off following his dismissal at Chelsea. He[Roberto Di Matteo] had a great time at Chelsea as Interim Manager,winning the FA Cup and Uefa Champions League after replacing Andre Villas Boas at the Bridge. Deserves a look in Reds.
Former Chelsea defender Frank Lebeouf has been speaking about Chelsea's matches against Paris Saint-Germain and Jose Mourinho 's impact. Jose Mourinho may have been back at Chelsea for less than a year, but he has already stamped – or re-stamped – his mark on a club that in some ways will always be his. The club may have won the Champions League under Roberto Di Matteo, but you sense that winning it with Mourinho at the helm would somehow be even more special. And following their quarter-final success over Paris Saint- Germain – and semi-final draw with Atletico Madrid – Blues fans may well see that happen. There is still a very long way to go and two extremely tough sides to overcome, but Mourinho is well and truly back and Chelsea are a different proposition with the Portuguese on the touch-line. Just how special Mourinho is has been highlighted by Former Chelsea player Frank Leboeuf , who has been talking to Soccer AM about the manager and his impact on every player at the club, not just those ...
Chelsea were today ordered by UEFA to let on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois play against them in the Champions League – or risk being booted OUT of the competition. The terms of Belgian keeper Courtois' loan deal with Atletico Madrid demand a £2.5million payment per game if he is selected to play against his parent club. That clause was put in, and agreed by Atletico, after Courtois impressed against Roberto Di Matteo's Blues in the UEFA SuperCup Final in August 2012, at the start of the second season of his ongoing three-year spell at the Vicente Calderon. Ahead of this morning's semi-final draw, which saw the two clubs drawn against each other, Atletico President Enrique Cerezo had said it was unlikely that the Spanish club – with debts of more than £100m – could afford to exercise the clause, especially if the teams were paired in the last four. But today UEFA intervened with a strongly worded statement which gave a clear warning to Chelsea of the consequences of applying a contractual armloc ...
I think Roberto Di Matteo would be a good choice for Spurs. First Asian manager to win the Champions League and all.
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We won da Champions League under the person who scored the opener in '97 FA Cup Final.Roberto Di Matteo.
. Roberto Di Matteo led Chelsea to their first Uefa Champions League title, beating Bayern Munich 4–3 on penalties
Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra says that his side this season draws parallels with the Chelsea side that won the Champions League. In the 2011/12 season, Chelsea sacked then-manager Andre Villas Boas and appointed Roberto Di Matteo on a temporary basis with the club struggling in the league. The Blues finished that Premier League season outside the top four, but still qualified for the Champions League as a result of miraculously holding off both Barcelona and Bayern Munich to lift the title. Fast forward two years, and Manchester United – for Patrice Evra at least – are in a similar situation. A disappointing Premier League campaign sees the Red Devils currently in sixth spot, a seemingly unbridgeable seven points behind Arsenal in fourth with just five games remaining. Whilst Champions League qualification through the league appears a lost cause, David Moyes’ men still remain in Europe’s elite competition and a victory or high score-draw in Munich on Wednesday will see them progress to ...
Bayern under Guardiola have already wrapped up their bundesliga campaign already in March. He's on the verge of replicating their heroics of last season's treble. I didn't give him much chance after bringing in Thiago but he was able to manage him alongside other players in the middle of the pack but their were issues about Toni Kroos departure mid season. They were pitched against Man United in the Champions League. Man United have been written off already after the draw was made but I still keep my feeling of David Moyes doing the Roberto Di Matteo thingy in the UCL but it's daunting but possible task against an all conquering Bayern. Celtic also wrap up their title last night while the race for the Spanish La Liga was opened again last night when Real Madrid were humbled by Sevilla while Atletico and Barca were all victorious in their respective games. Liverpool and City are more than closer to Chelsea after winning their mid week games while City still have two games in hand. City visit Arsenal on Sat ...
Roberto Di Matteo: Champions League Winners (2012) and Rafael Benitez: Europa League Winners (2013) On 4 March, following a 1–0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion, Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Chelsea manager after 9 months in charge; his win percentage was under 50%, which was unprecedented for Abramovich-era Chelsea managers. At the time of his sacking the team were 5th in the league and on the brink of Champions League elimination after a disastrous 3-1 away loss to SC Napoli; many fans supported the decision, with the song 'Roman Abramovich, he sacks who he wants' being sung at the first match after his sacking. A club statement read that results had "not been good enough and were showing no signs of improving at a key time in the season."[86] Italian first team assistant manager (and Former Chelsea player) Roberto Di Matteo was appointed caretaker manager until the end of the season. In his first match in charge, Chelsea beat Birmingham City 2–0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals thanks to se ...
Roberto Di Matteo says he knew the sack was coming at Chelsea despite winning the club its only Champions League trophy.
Mourinho sympathetic to sacked managers' plight Jose Mourinho once again expressed sympathy for Andre Villas-Boas after Tim Sherwood was appointed Tottenham head coach. Villas-Boas worked under Mourinho at Chelsea and Inter Milan before focusing on his own managerial career, which has now seen him sacked by Chelsea and Spurs. Spurs replaced Villas-Boas with Sherwood, who is without managerial experience, much the same way in which Mourinho was succeeded by Avram Grant when his first spell ended in September 2007 and his fellow Portuguese by Roberto Di Matteo in March 2012. Grant led Chelsea to the 2008 Uefa Champions League final and Di Matteo went one better after taking over from Villas-Boas, lifting the European Cup. Mourinho declined the opportunity to appraise Sherwood, though. "That is not my problem," Mourinho said. "My only problem is to feel sorry that one manager lost his job a couple of days before Christmas where he was completely enthusiastic about going forward with his contract at Tottenham ...
Is Tim Sherwood the equivalent of Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo appointment? It's not Champions League but still in the FA Cup
When Roberto Di Matteo was sacked by Roman Abramovich despite winning the Champions League
Mourinho to sign up world class star to big Chelsea deal. Club Captain John Terry is playing his way towards a new contract at Chelsea. The central defender – an iconic figure to the Stamford Bridge fans – has impressed manager Jose Mourinho this season and the indications are Terry will be offered a new one-year deal before the end of the current campaign. Terry was 33 earlier this month and Chelsea have now adopted a policy of 12-month contract offers to those in the 30-plus age group. That was the case with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. But, while the talks with those England internationals were drawn out and generated talk of them leaving, the managerial circumstances have changed. The last two bosses at Chelsea were Roberto Di Matteo – who was sacked months after winning the Champions League – and Rafa Benitez, who was always in charge on a temporary basis. (Daily Mirror) The man deserves a new deal, as he has been solid once again this year. - [via MIUSOCCER]
The answer to all our problems is Roberto Di Matteo. Top player, Champions League winner, PL experience & no compensation
No, like Roberto Di Matteo at Ronald Mkhandiwire came in, won the Champions League and...
While the controversy rages on whether Referee Mark Clattenberg used inappropriate language on Mikel Obi, the Nigerian midfielder has continued to win plaudits with commentators on the game.One of these commentators is former England and Liverpool midfielder, Jamie Redknapp, who said in the Daily Mail that; “The player who caught my eye on Sunday was John Obi Mikel.” Chelsea have been lauded this season for playing a more attractive brand of football than the staid defensive mode they used to win the Champions League last season and Redknapp has come out to say that Obi is thereason why Chelsea look better this season. “While there is so much focus on the attacking trio of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar, these guys could not do what they do without a platform. “Mikel is that platform,” Redknapp added. “He has come into his own since Roberto Di Matteo took over and nobody has benefited more from the change in manager. “He played in only half the games of Andre Villas-Boas’s reign and was ...
oscar's profile Name: Emboaba Oscar Nationality: Brazilian Date of Birth: 09/09/1991 Height: 180 cm Weight: 66.0 kg Previous Clubs: Sao Paulo Position: Midfielder CHELSEA Oscar, full name Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior, who will be 21 in September, signed on 25 July 2012. A 5ft 10in (1.79m) attacking midfielder who can also play wide, he has a reputation for good pass-and-move football, protecting the ball and choosing the right moment to play passes. He made his debut on the opening day of the 2012/13 Premier League season, coming on as a second-half substitute despite having trained just twice with his team-mates, and displayed a previously lesser known turn of pace to add to his sharp passing game. Oscar made his first start for the club in the Champions League draw against Juventus at Stamford Bridge, announcing his arrival in style with two strikes in the space of a couple of minutes, the second of which will live long in the memory, and since then has become a regular starter for Roberto Di Matteo' ...
No no no. Roberto Di Matteo, when will get another chance to have a manager that has won the Champions League in our position?
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Roberto Di Matteo, Champions League winning manager, is 6/1 second favourite to take over at Crystal Palace
Let's be honest, why would Roberto Di Matteo take the Palace job? He won the Champions League.
What about Roberto Di Matteo,?, might be a better fit, what having won the Champions League and all.
Am I the only one that feels Roberto Di Matteo to is 20 steps down for the Champions League winner?
Di Matteo Lined Up As Di Canio replacement Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has just two games to save his job before they move for Roberto Di Matteo, according to reports. The Metro suggests that the Italian boss will be given just two games, both incredibly tough fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester United, before he is given the axe. Sunderland sit bottom of the Premier League table with a solitary point after losing 3-0 to West Bromich Albion on Saturday, their fourth loss from five games. To add to their woes, star striker Steven Fletcher came off after a nasty fall holding his shoulder with 15 minutes to go at the Hawthorns. The article suggests that Sunderland chairman Ellis Short will not accept relegation to the Championship and is willing to make the change early if the team’s form doesn’t improve. Di Matteo seems to be the favourite for the job having left Chelsea at the back end of last year, despite having won the Champions League with the club. -Donut
Last year, Mikel Obi joined the elite group of Nigerians to win the coveted Uefa Champions League as Chelsea, under manager Roberto Di Matteo, defeated Bayern Munich 4-3 in Germany, becoming only the fourth English team to win the title. Before Mikel's success, Nwankwo Kanu and Finidi George were the only Nigerians to win the competition with Ajax in 1995. This season, Mikel tops a list of six Nigerians in the race for the title as they all look to enrich their profiles in world football. Mikel and his club, Chelsea, started their campaign on a poor note on Wednesday, unexpectedly losing 2-1 to visiting Basel at Stamford Bridge. Mikel did not start the game but was introduced in the 76th minute, replacing Marco van Ginkel as manager, Jose Mourinho, sought to change the game without success. Chelsea's next game is against Steaua Bucuresti on October 1. Celtic are not favourites to win this year's Champions League and it was no surprise when they lost 2-0 to AC Milan in Italy on Wednesday. Efe Ambrose, howe ...
Asked if he was envious of Roberto Di Matteo's Champions League triumph, Mourinho says, "For God's sake no!"
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The Highs and lows of Abramovich’s Chelsea reign On the 10th anniversary of Roman Abramovich’s purchase of Chelsea, we take a look the the Russian’s highs and lows in English football. HIGHS: MUNICH MAGIC The quest for the Champions League title was the Holy Grail for Roman Abramovich and at the end of his ninth season at Chelsea, with a temporary manager in Roberto Di Matteo and captain John Terry suspended, the Blues triumphed out of adversity by beating Barcelona and then Bayern Munich on their home turf to lift the trophy. CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY In Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge, Chelsea won their first league title in 50 years. The trophy was sealed with a 2-0 victory at Bolton, with both goals scored by Frank Lampard, a player who has arguably done more than any other at Stamford Bridge in the decade of Abramovich’s ownership. MOURINHO ARRIVAL Abramovich inherited Claudio Ranieri as boss but soon got his own man when Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge, declaring himself to be the ‘S ...
A year before he took charge in Madrid, Real had splashed more than £232million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso, Karim Benzema et al. Mourinho then spent around £175m, with the likes of Fabio Coentrao, Angel Di Maria and Luka Modric — among others — all close to £30m each. Including wages topping £200m per season, Mourinho had more than £1BILLION to win the Champions League. - ANTONY KASTRINAKIS But that aside, do you realize this is not a dream match-up as it is made up to be but rather a match-up of convenience? When Roman Abramovich got rid of Roberto Di Matteo, he appointed Benitez as interim manager and went on to hunt for managers. First on his list was Pep Guardiola, and when he failed with that one tried Jurgen Klopp who also turned him down. Jose Mourinho always admired the Old Trafford seat and always wished to replace Sir Alex Ferguson whenever he decided to quit. Ferguson quit, Sir Bobby Charlton said Mourinho can never be entrusted with Manchester United. Ferguson himself has ...
Chelsea Football Club has today (Tuesday) released Rafael Benitez from his contract to become the new manager of Napoli. Rafa was appointed as the club's interim manager last November, and steered us to automatic Champions League qualification thanks to our third-place finish in the Barclays Premier League, while also leading us to the Europa League title in Amsterdam earlier this month. Also departing to join Napoli are first-team fitness coach Paco De Miguel and Xavi Valero, the first-team opposition analyst. Everybody at Chelsea Football Club would like to place on record our thanks to Rafa and his staff for their work at the club, and wish them success for the future. More stories May 29 2013, 03:18 INTERNATIONAL ROUNDUP May 29 2013, 03:10 RIGHT TO PLAY RAISE BIG MONEY AT THE BRIDGE May 29 2013, 03:00 MALAYSIA MATCH ON SALE THURSDAY May 29 2013, 01:00 LADIES REPORT: Birmingham City 2 CHELSEA 1 May 28 2013, 17:18 Rafael Benitez May 28 2013, 17:00 LAMPARD: CREDIT TO COLE May 28 2013, 00:56 YOUNG BLUES J ...
Happy 43rd Birthday to Roberto Di Matteo. After being appointed as the manager of Chelsea. He made an immediate impact on the squad and the fans, and what's more important, beside the FA Cup he won our only Champions League trophy on the 19th May 2012. There's only one Di Matteo! Chelsea player,Manager,Legend , The Fans Favourite. *Ktbffh
Chelsea 2013: 4-2-3-1 A Shift Away From Paragmatism Chelsea owe a lot to the “parking the bus” formation introduced by Jose Mourinho and continued by fan favorite Roberto Di Matteo last season; it gave us our maiden piece of silverware in Europe’s most elite club competition. It encouraged the wingers to revert from the high- pressing style of Andre Villas-Boas to a more conservative theme. Di Matteo emphasized the importance of tracking back once possession was lost; A key reason why Ryan Bertrand was deployed on the left wing in the Champions League final in Munich. This formation did not give much consideration to the attacking players around at the time as Daniel Sturridge, a prime example, was not adept to defending or retrieving the ball deep in his own half. Juan Mata was also forced to adjust and it became visible towards the last month or so of last season that he was running out of steam. It was obvious why Ramires and Kalou were used on the flanks in the FA Cup semi-final tie with Spurs; ...
Here's a review of the 2012/13 season! :D Part 1- Mixed Fortunes in Europe & Japan He did a terrific job as interim manager, but if anything, Roberto Di Matteo only made his task harder as permanent manager by winning the Champions League. After their incredible triumph in last season's Champions League, it would've been difficult for the Italian to emulate his success. The only way to do that would be winning several of the eight competitions Chelsea were due to enter. Unfortunately, things didn't go quite as planned. The Blues were drawn into a tough group in the Champions League, with Serie A champions Juventus and Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk providing quite a test for the reigning champions, while minnows Nordsjaelland from Denmark were making their debut. After leading Juventus 2-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to a stunning double from Oscar, qualification seemed well within their grasp from the opening game. However, two late goals from Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella ensured the Antonio Cont ...
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Mata’s role could be crucial to Chelsea’s future Chelsea have had their ups and downs in the last 2 years. The unmitigated joy of Champions League success, tempered by poor performances and the sacking of club legend Roberto Di Matteo. Frank Lampard’s record breaking goalscoring antics against Fernando Torres’ continued shyness in front of goal in the league. Eden Hazard dominating a game…Eden Hazard kicking a ball-boy. It’s been a bit up and down, and any level of normality can only be achieved by the installation of a new manager.
Roman Abrahimovic must find faith in interim managers for his Chelsea team than permanent managers! Two interim mangers brought him European glories within the space of 1 year..! Roberto Di Matteo, brought Champions League success last season and Rafael Benitez brought Europa League glory this season..! Congratulations Rafa and the blue boys…!
FACTS ABOUT CHELSEA -BENFICA PREVIEW Wednesday will see Benfica take part in their ninth major European final. The Portuguese giants are on a run of six straight European final defeats since lifting the European Cup in 1962. Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo has scored in six of his team's last ten matches against English teams. He is 11/2 with Paddy Power to open the scoring on Wednesday. The Portuguese outfit go into the final having played exactly twice as many European games as their rivals, 362 to the Blues' 181. The sides met for the first time last season when Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea won 1-0 in Lisbon and 2-1 at home to eliminate Jorge Jesus' men in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The Blues are aiming to become the first team to win Uefa's top-two club competitions in reverse order in successive campaigns. Chelsea could also become only the fourth team to lift all three of Uefa's major club trophies, after Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich. Source:Goal.com
Dan Levene: Who is responsible for Rafael Benitez ending up as Chelsea manager? Benitez was appointed 'interim' manager on 21st November, a few hours after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as Blues boss. I have it on extremely good authority that Chelsea's negotiations with Benitez go back to March 2012 – when the club was keen to appoint him successor to Andre Villas-Boas. At the time, the then caretaker boss Di Matteo's team was greeted at a FA Cup replay at Birmingham with chants of: “Rafa Benitez – you're not wanted here.” There was speculation back then that a tentative approach had been made, but the club back-tracked due to fan hostility. Subsequently it has become clear, again via very senior sources, that the only reason Benitez didn't get the job in March was that he refused to come in as an interim. Fan opposition had nothing to do with it. Di Matteo carried on, winning the FA Cup and Champions League, but even then the club made a second approach to Benitez in the summer. The former Liverp ...
Kind of like how Roman Abramovich had to keep Roberto Di Matteo on board because he won the Champions League.
Avram Grant: wins Premier League - gets sacked Roberto Di Matteo: wins Champions League - gets sacked Rafa Benitez: 4th in the Premier League, out of the Champions League already, has a go at the fans, and the board, says he's going to quit anyway. Does not get sacked. At what point are Chelsea fans going to wake up and realise that it's not Rafa that's the problem, it's the man who hasn't got a clue about football, Roman Abramovich?
Rafa's 100-day war Rafa's 100-day war DAY 1 . . . Benitez is made interim boss after Roberto Di Matteo is axed. DAY 5... Spaniard’s first match ends in a 0-0 draw against Man City. DAY 7... His search for first win goes on as Blues are held 0-0 by Fulham. DAY 10... 3-1 loss at West Ham mocks Rafa’s claim he can win title. DAY 15 . . . Blues become first holders to crash out of Champions League at group stage. DAY 26 . . . Rafa sees his side lose in the Club World Cup final to Corinthians. DAY 33... Huge 8-0 home win over Aston Villa briefly silences the boo-boys. DAY 42 . . . Shock 1-0 defeat by rock-bottom QPR at the Bridge. DAY 57 . . . Southampton hit back to draw 2-2 but it is Nigel Adkins who is axed. DAY 64 . . . Swansea dump Blues out of League Cup and Eden Hazard kicks ballboy. DAY 74 . . . 3-2 defeat at Newcastle is another huge Premier League setback. DAY 81... Rafa is one defeat away from the sack — but Blues beat Wigan 4-1. DAY 96... John Terry is left on the bench in lacklustre loss at ...
Benitez timeline.! November 21, 2012: Chelsea appoint Benitez as the replacement for Roberto Di Matteo. November 25, 2012: Benitez's first game in charge ends in a 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Rafa's announcement is met with a chorus of boos from the home crowd and Chelsea supporters were quick to express their disgruntled attitude towards the Chelsea boss with a number of 'Rafa out' signs seen in the stands. Benitez was optimistic despite the negative reception, insisting the Blues fans would soon warm to him: "How many people do you need to write a banner? Just one. Then two holding it. If we start winning games, they will come on board and they will see I'll try to do my best.'' December 5: After three winless matches, Chelsea get their first win under Benitez with a 6-1 thrashing of Nordsjaelland in the Champions League. The manager insists it is a sign of things to come for the Blues. December 19: Chelsea's hopes of silverware take another blow after a 1-0 defeat to Corinthians i ...
Tony Pulis, Roberto Martinez, Neil McDonald, Brian McDermott, Martin Jol and Steve Clarke have given their views on Rafa Benitez's comments. Speaking after Chelsea's 2-0 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, Benitez turned on those who gave him the title of 'interim manager' when he succeeded Roberto Di Matteo in November, and the fans who have never forgiven him for guiding Liverpool to the 2005 Champions League final at the Blues' expense. Benitez's relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich is coming under scrutiny but Tony Pulis said only the Chelsea manager would know what level of support he has. He said: "What goes on at Chelsea goes on at Chelsea - I can't control that. In terms of what Rafa is going through, the best person to talk to is Rafa. "Every manager has a different relationship with chairmen. I have had different relationships with other chairmen at other football clubs to what I have got with Peter (Coates). "I'm very privileged to have the (Coates) family here, who are absolutely fantastic p ...
FLAVOR UPDATES Rio Ferdinand believes anyone who compares Tottenham's Gareth Bale to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona magician Lionel Messi 'doesn't know football'. Roberto Di Matteo has been airbrushed out of Chelsea's Champions League history after the club replaced his image on an iconic wall at Stamford Bridge.
After news emerged that Chelsea have replaced a large image behind Stamford Bridge's West Stand of their Champions League-winning team - a photo that featured the winning manager Roberto Di Matteo - with an image of their Champions League-winning team that doesn't feature the Italian, we couldn't he...
Sparta Prague 0 Chelsea 1: Substitute Oscar makes instant impact to give Blues the lead A touch of brilliance from Oscar lifted Chelsea hearts on the most romantic day of the year and began the process of mending their broken relationship with European Football. This was the first time Roman Abramovich’s club had ventured abroad since the 3-0 defeat by Juventus in Turin which virtually sealed their exit from the Champions League and earned Roberto Di Matteo the sack. It was an important win but far from impressive. For long periods, it was grim and, despite the pre-match talk, the London side were short of intensity and imagination. Those fans who made the trip to Prague turned their frustration in the second half on interim manager Rafa Benitez, who was unmoved on the touchline, refusing to pull a coat over his suit, even with temperatures below zero. ‘I’m quite agitated and don’t have time to be cold,’ he said with a smile. One of his substitutions helped turn the game eight minutes from time. ...
It should have been the night we all applauded the work of Laudrup and his squad, overcoming the wealth and skill of Chelsea with a strong footballing philosophy based on self belief and a dedication to entertaining their fans. HAZARD KICKS BALL BOY HAZARD SENT OFF FOR KICKING BALL BOY HOW SHOULD BELGIAN STAR BE PUNISHED? 'WHAT A JOKE!' - ALL THE REACTION HAZARD APOLOGISES TO BALL BOY POLICE WILL NOT CHARGE HAZARD And then Eden Hazard kicked a ball boy and got sent off. Yes, Premier League superstar Eden Hazard kicked 17-year-old Charlie Morgan in the ribs while trying to get the ball back from him. Now Chelsea are no strangers to controversy - they have lurched from one PR disaster to the next with increasing regularity this season but this is something else entirely. The arbitrary sacking of managers (most recently Roberto Di Matteo just five months after winning the Champions League); the John Terry court case and FA ban; a steward injured during the 3-2 Manchester United defeat; the Mark Clattenburg w ...
There can be few doubts that La Liga, which fills all 11 positions, is the leading league in the world, blessed with so many luminaries at Real Madrid and Barcelona, and home to the all-conquering Spanish national side. Technically and tactically, La Liga comfortably eclipses the pell-mell Premier League, home to as many defensive spills as attacking thrills. Yet a Premier League side still prevailed in the most important club competition of all, in the Champions League. Maybe the 50,000 members of Fifpro, the international players’ union, felt unease at Chelsea’s style, the dogged way they reached Munich, the resilience they demonstrated there. Chelsea under Roberto Di Matteo were no purveyors of the Beautiful Game yet their achievement still deserves acknowledging. It is hardly stretching the bounds of reality to suggest that Cech and Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon enjoyed better years than Iker Casillas, a remarkable keeper but not in his most imperious form recently. Joe Hart, certainly for Manc ...
Keep a Manager for More Than a Few Months Andre Villas-Boas lasted less than a year. So did Roberto Di Matteo. The latter even won the Champions League and FA Cup. How long, then, will Rafa Benitez remain Chelsea's manager? It probably wouldn't hurt Chelsea to keep a manager for more than a few months, especially if it's the guy Roman Abramovich really wants. It also wouldn't hurt to stop alienating the fans.
Blackburn Rovers have identified Roberto Di Matteo as the man they want to succeed Henning Berg and are already in the process of replacing the Norwegian’s backroom team, Goal.com can reveal. Berg was relieved of his duties on Tuesday night after Rovers’ 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough brought an end to his 57-day reign as Steve Kean's successor. The likelihood of Champions League winner Di Matteo accepting the job remains remote, while the early bookies' favourite Mark Hughes – a former manager at Ewood Park – has distanced himself from the post. The Blackburn hierarchy were on Wednesday already sorting out a management team for the weekend’s game against Barnsley, and met with former Aston Villa coach Kevin Macdonald in order to try and rubber stamp his appointment as caretaker boss. MacDonald is set to be joined by Judan Ali, described as a rising star in coaching, and a man whose cause global advisor Shebby Singh championed when Kean left the club. It is understood that Alex McLeish was discuss ...
Exclusice: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has written an open letter to the club's fans pledging to do all he can to bring success to the Stamford Bridge side. Benitez has endured a testing baptism to his time in the Blues hot-seat and has been jeered by some supporters unhappy with his appointment in the wake of Roberto Di Matteo's sacking. The Former Liverpool boss saw his new charges claim their first Premier League win under his tenure at the fourth attempt against Sunderland on Saturday just days after their Champions League defence was brought to a shuddering halt at the group stage. The Spaniard has highlighted the relentless schedule of matches since his appointment, with the Sunderland game their fifth in a fortnight, and was keen to pay tribute to the Chelsea fans who have been in touch to offer their support. Benitez told his personal website: "From the moment I accepted the offer to join Chelsea, my team and I have worked towards improving the results and getting the wins that we all want - no m ...
Chelsea made history last week for all the wrong reasons, despite a powerful 6-1 win over Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in a midweek Champions League group stage match. The Blues, the defending champions, were eliminated from Europe's premier club football tournament, becoming the first holders to surrender their crown so early in the season. The win at Stamford Bridge should have been accompanied by a positive result for Ukrainian Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk, who, having already qualified, were hosting Italian champions Juventus at the Donbass Arena. Unfortunately for Roman Abramovich's side, the eastern Europeans were beaten by an Olexandr Kucher own goal, just before the hour mark. Guardiola has been linked with several clubs after leaving the Spanish giants Barcelona last summer Abramovich's sacking of the Champions League-winning Roberto Di Matteo led to suggestions that Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola would be targeted with renewed vigour. The Catalan was the subject of considerable spe ...
Fernando Torres has claimed he needs more time to find his feet at Chelsea, even though he is approaching the second anniversary of his record breaking £50m move to Stamford Bridge. The misfiring Spaniard has become the focus of attention at Chelsea in recent weeks, with owner Roman Abramovich recruiting Rafael Benitez after Roberto Di Matteo struggled to get the best out of the striker. After scoring twice against Nordsjaelland the Champions League on Wednesday Night, Torres hopes his barren run in front of goal has come to an end, but it is his suggestion that he is still struggling to strike up an understanding with his Chelsea team-mates that will alarm new boss Benitez and the club's supporters. "It's just a matter of time and training and being sure that we understand each other," he told the Daily Mirror. "With [Juan] Mata I have been playing for many years in the national team and last season at Chelsea, but Oscar and Eden [Hazard] have just arrived and we need to train more to improve. "We have ...
Benitez questions Chelsea's 'hunger' to defend Champions League trophy The Blues interim manager believes the Stamford Bridge club's triumph in the competition last term may have affected the desire of the squad to succeed this season The Blues could become the first European Cup holders to be knocked out of the competition at the group stage when they face Nordsjaelland on Wednesday, where only a win over the Danish side and a Juventus victory at already-qualified Shakhtar Donetsk will ensure they avoid such ignominy. Chelsea have struggled in this year's competition, securing just two wins out of their five group games so far - with their most recent defeat to Juventus leading to the dismissal of manager Roberto Di Matteo - and his replacement Benitez has now hinted that the Blues’ success in Munich last year could have reduced the current squad's desire this term. "At a top side, who have already won trophies, but you're missing one, that is the ambition," Benitez told reporters. "Chelsea won the Cha ...
Roberto Di Matteo won Chelsea's first Champions League trophy, Rafael Benitez won it with a squad that costs less than Fernando Torres.
Why everyone is hating on Rafa Benitez is a myth.. Roberto Di Matteo was good but obviously not good enough.. We might not even qualify for champions league, banking on the last game.. But I'm sure Benitez had Torres on fire at Liverpool right ? So stop talking out your culo !.. And didn't he take Liverpool to lift the Champions League Cup in 05' ? .. Give Benitez a chance he's going do good for Chelsea trust !
Roberto Di Matteo was manager for 262 days and won the Champions League, Arsene Wenger has been manager of Arsenal for nearly 6000 days... No UCL titles. Na wa ooo
If ever there were a good time for Manchester City to suffer the humiliation of a second successive Champions League exit it might just have been this week. Chelsea have stolen the thunder that was headed their way. The heat is not exactly off Roberto Mancini but he is probably glad not to be Roberto Di Matteo, or, to extend beyond that, coach of Chelsea. Wednesday's draw crystallised his own position: fail to defend the Premier League title and he will be out on his ear. Even then, he might still be removed if Manchester City win the Pep Guardiola beauty contest. That eventuality might just suit Rafa Benitez, of course, though he starts a new job with his future already bound up in the whims of another man, one he was happy to compliment during a Thursday tea-time unveiling. Pep talk will envelop both clubs until the Catalan has decided his direction, a decision day believed to be months away. With Champions League dreams all but extinguished for both of the country's richest clubs, the comparative munda ...
The new Chelsea that everyone is waking up to isn't so new. The morally wholesome community club, held together by loyalty and history, shared experience and colour, is a thing of the past, if indeed it ever existed at all. The events of the last few days should come as no surprise, the people and structure that oversaw the unceremonious sacking of Roberto Di Matteo have run the club consistently in this fashion for the last decade. It is the same bunch, with the same ideas and the same management strategy, that hired Drogba and Lampard and Cech, that had fans bounding sky-high, fists clenched at lifting the Champions League, that brought the 'Special One' to the club, that have provided such entertaining extremes of drama and success. You can't disentangle the two. Football, as a Chelsea fan and possibly in general, has been better for this moral vacuum, improved by the impersonal. You might find this latest manifestation distasteful, but that's just too bad, you don't get to cheer when all's rosy, when ...
Roman Abramovich is an absolute joke. Roberto Di Matteo was in charge for 42 games and won the Champions League and the FA Cup...
The Real Madrid coach laughed with one of his former players upon hearing the news that his old rival had been appointed Roberto Di Matteo's successor at Chelsea Jose Mourinho and Maicon have been caught on camera mocking Rafa Benitez and his move to Chelsea. The pair - who worked alongside one another when the Portuguese was in charge of Inter - spoke in the aftermath of Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Manchester City. Mourinho and Benitez had a stormy relationship when the Blancos boss was at Chelsea and the Spaniard in charge of Liverpool. And after Wednesday's Champions League encounter Mourinho was informed of the breaking news at Stamford Bridge and shared a joke with Maicon regarding the move. "Your friend Benitez is going to Chelsea," the Brazilian said to Mourinho, according to La Sexta. The 49-year-old responded: "The fat one? Well then Materazzi should be his assistant." Materazzi had previously revealed how Benitez made him tear down newspaper cuttings from his locker of victories with Mourinho an ...
Roberto Di Matteo, 42, was told he would be sacked as Chelsea manager if he dropped £50m striker Fernando Torres, 28, for Tuesday night's 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus.
Roberto Di Matteo has accepted the blame for Chelsea's 3-0 loss to Juventus on Tuesday which could see the Blues become the first Champions League holders not to progress past the group stage. GettyImages Roberto Di Matteo is facing pressure from fans after Chelsea's third consecutive match without a win • Blog: Di Matteo deserves faith Chelsea need to beat FC Nordsjaelland on the final matchday and hope that Shakhtar Donetsk defeat Juve if they are to have any hope of qualifying from Group E. Di Matteo has come under pressure in recent weeks and his woes were compounded when Chelsea suffered a 2-1 loss to West Brom at the weekend. The Italian sent a warning to his underperforming players by dropping Fernando Torres from the starting line-up in Turin, but the change in tactics proved ineffective and Di Matteo has taken responsibility for the loss. "I'm responsible for the result. I'm responsible for the performance. It's a negative evening for us," he said. "If anyone has to take the blame, it's me. I s ...
3 - Roman Abramovich decided to sack Roberto Di Matteo because Chelsea have not won the Champions League in the last 3 months. Patient
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Mark Hughes is yet to win a Premier League game at Queens Park Rangers this season, Roberto Di Matteo held the Champions League trophy aloft six months ago. Guess who is first out the door?
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Have a great Turkey... Now to football.,Did they really sack Roberto Di Matteo for losing 3-0 to Juventus in the Champions League...? 3 lost games and the sack... Has to be Abramavich's worst business decision yet? And to appoint Benitez, the "strangest man in football".. It be great if a club could sack its owner for making mistakes, they might think about their decisions then...
Sports Radio Brila FM shared the following link and had this to say about it: REVEALED: He won the Champions League but was told to stick with Torres... Sportsmail lifts the lid on why Chelsea axed Di Matteo NEIL ASHTON: Roberto Di Matteo sensed the end was coming long before his 42nd and last game in charge. As early as last summer, when he dared question the strength of Fernando Torres' ambition at Chelsea, ...
Not even winning the Champions League was good enough to appease Roman Abramovich, says chief football writer Phil McNulty
Vanguard News shared the following link: manager Arsene Wenger accused Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich of failing to show loyalty to Roberto Di Matteo after the Italian was sacked just months after winning the Champions League.
My Good Friend Roman Abrahimovic and the board of Directors at Chelsea Fc are wrong. If they think sacking Roberto Di Matteo, 'The man who gave the their most prestigious title' simply because he is 3rd in the league and Chelsea got eliminated from the Champions League, then they are bluffing. I love Rafael Benitez not because he is an excellent coach, but because he is spanish. He won't redeem Chelsea, that i am certain. The same thing that happen to him at Inter of Milan will happen at Chelsea.
The major finals kept coming in Benitez's third Liverpool season but AC Milan had their revenge for 2005 in the 2007 Champions League decider in Athens. In 2008/09 Liverpool finished second in the Premier League, four points behind Manchester United, but with important players leaving or injured the following season, that was to be a league high point and in the summer of 2010 Benitez left Liverpool. He moved to Milan to take over from Madrid-bound Jose Mourinho at Internazionale and immediately won the Italian Super Cup, followed in the December by victory in the Fifa Club World Cup, on that occasion staged in the Middle East. However manager and club parted company just before Christmas. A native of Madrid, Benitez's career as a player was curtailed at the age of 26 by a knee injury. As would later be the case with his coaching, he began playing at Real Madrid and was working his way through the junior ranks towards first-team football when the injury first struck. He was playing for a Spanish National ...
Chelsea FC can go and rot in *** for all i care, disgraceful club for sacking Roberto Di Matteo, won them the Champions League for the first time ever and this is how they repay him...and to replace him with that fat spanish flog Rafa Benitez, what does he know about winning the league? he used to manage liverpool for christs sake! its mindblowing!
Rafael Benitez has much to prove as new Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez must not only satisfy the demands of an owner who seems beyond satisfaction after taking over as Chelsea manager, he must also uncover a way to win over a sceptical fanbase. To suggest that Benitez's arrival to succeed Roberto Di Matteo has not been received with universal acclaim by Chelsea's supporters is to offer up a masterpiece of understatement. In the top six Of the 84 managers to take charge of over 50 Premier League games, only five have a better win percentage than Rafael Benitez - 55% Benitez is a figure regarded with scepticism by many Chelsea followers following a series of epic clashes with Jose Mourinho during his time as Liverpool manager, when the Spaniard won two Champions League semi-finals in 2005 and 2007 and an FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford in 2006. The rivalry between Mourinho and Benitez, who also lost a League Cup final against Chelsea in 2005, grew with the passage of time and an enduring loyalty to "The S ...
WE, CHELSEA HAVE GOT IT WRONG. It is quite disheartening to know that after investing over a billion pounds in a club that were in ruins, and investing over £80million on Juan Mata, Hazard, and Oscar, with over £100million in Torres, Luiz, Moses, Ramires, Lukaku, and the rest, trailing Man City four points and the Chances of qualifying group stage in the Champions League is in peril, He, Roman Abrahimovich hasn't reaped enormously from what he's sown. Looking at it from that angle, which owner, wouldn't be so upset if he's not getting the expected results after spending billions and in the interim hundreds of millions pound. But In retrospect, firing a coach like Roberto Di Matteo now, is utterly dismaying, preposterously exasperating, and irascibly excruciating. This decision to sack RDM is Nonsensically ill-timed, and demeaningly insolent on a young coach with no record, picking up a club from its ruins and in 3months handing over the most prestigious European title, the Champions league, and also the ...
THIS IS A MUST TO READ ABOUT MY CLUB.(STAR) Buying an item of clothing that didn't suit us or a gadget that didn't do what we hoped is a mistake many of us make. But not many of us lose our jobs over it. Roberto Di Matteo was a brave man for making it clear to all of Europe that his boss, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, made a 50-million pound mistake in the shape of super-flop striker Fernando Torres. Dropping Torres to the subs' bench for a Champions League game Chelsea couldn't afford to lose was a damning statement on the Spanish international. It was also a necessary one, because Torres has consistently failed in nearly two years at the London club to do what was promised on the packaging: score important goals. Rather than absorb Di Matteo's message, Abramovich shot the messenger. Di Matteo is out, abruptly shown the revolving door at Chelsea that has now swallowed eight managers in nine years. Abramovich can argue that chopping and changing so frequently has worked. Since the billionaire bought Che ...
Roberto Di Matteo discovers that not even winning the Champions League is enough to appease Roman Abramovich.
Sky Sports News understands Roberto Di Matteo expects to lose his job at Chelsea after Champions League defeat to Juventus"
Absolutely disgusted at the treatment of Roberto Di Matteo. Former Chelsea player and the man who delivered Roman Abramovich's dream of winning the Champions League only 6 months ago... Questions my faith in a club I truly love.
Roman Abramovich is running CHELSEA like a monarch, first he fired Jose Mourinho for not playing his favourite 'toy' Andriy Shevchenko, then he got rid of Andre Villas-Boas for not warming to his son's role model Fernando Torres, today he has sacked Roberto Di Matteo, for losing 3-0 against Juventus last, despite helped guide Chelsea to a historic Champions League victory and a seventh FA Cup & oh, Chelsea are third on the Premiership log.
Roberto Di Matteo sacked after winning Champions League &FA cup in his first season, The next Chelsea Manager has to better that!
Roberto Di Matteo has left Chelsea, after winning them the Champions League and having a decent season so far, yet Mark Huges has failed to win a game, and is currently still a manager. Also in other news, Brendan Rogers has kept his job. Madness.
Di Matteo takes blame for Chelsea loss Six months ago, Roberto Di Matteo lifted the Champions League with Chelsea.Now his future if the subject of conjecture
Roberto Di Matteo does not regret dropping Fernando Torres to the bench for Chelseas Uefa Champions League defeat against Juventus in Turin on Tuesday.
Roberto Di Matteo has admitted Chelsea are out of the Champions League competition..he has just brought Fernando Torres on as substitute!...
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres has been dropped to the bench for Chelsea 's crucial Champions League group-stage clash with Juventus . Eden Hazard will start as a false No.9 in the absence of the out-of-form Spaniard, with Juan Mata and Oscar tasked with providing the service for the tricky Belgian. In defence, Roberto Di Matteo shifts to a back three of Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and Gary Cahill, with the returning Ashley Cole andCesar Azpilicueta are expected to operate as wing-backs. Juventus, meanwhile, prefer Fabio Quagliarella to Sebastian Giovinco up front in what is otherwise a full-strength lineup. Juventus starting XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Chiellini, Barzagli, Bonucci; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Asamoah; Vucinic, Quagliarella Subs: Storari, Caceres, Pogba, Pepe, Giovinco, Giaccherini, Matri
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is considering whether to drop striker Fernando Torres ahead of the Blues' crunch Champions League clash with Juventus tomorrow. It was deja vu for one of football's most trigger-happy club today as Di Matteo became the latest Blues manager to face serious questions about his job security following a slump in results. And defeat in tomorrow night's huge Group E encounter in Turin could lead to his exit. Speculation is rife Di Matteo has finally lost patience with Torres after hauling him off during Saturday's Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom after another miserable performance. The Chelsea boss admitted after the game he would consider dropping the Spain striker but said tonight: ``I'm not going to disclose my ideas about tomorrow. ``I'll make the final decisions tonight.'' Ashley Cole should return after recovering from his hamstring injury, as should several other rested players but John Terry (knee) and Frank Lampard (calf) were left in London. Defeat would lea ...
The Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is likely to drop Fernando Torres and play Eden Hazard in a lone striking role in tonight's Champions League match with Juventus.With Daniel Sturridge apparently having suffered a setback in training, Hazard will play at centre-forward,David Luiz is set to partner Gary Cahill at centre-half, with Branislav Ivanovic starting at right-back and Ashley Cole returning at left-back, according to the Daily Mail.
More i know how much people want Chelsea Football Club to lose against Juventus to be out of Uefa Champions League, More i love my team ♥ CFC ♥, We are looking forward & Won't listen to nonsense words cos we have a Faith in you Roberto Di Matteo ♥ BEST WISHES ♥
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West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie made it a miserable return to the Hawthorns for Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo with a second-half winner to stun the Champions League holders.
Roberto Di Matteo spoke to Chelsea TV after the 3-2 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.
Roberto Di Matteo insists John Terry is still Chelsea's "captain and leader" but has warned that does not make the defender immune from his squad rotation policy. Di Matteo sprang a huge surprise on Wednesday Night by leaving Terry on the bench for the Blues' Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, citing a lack of match fitness after the 31-year-old was limited to only one competitive outing in a month due to his domestic four-match racism ban. It was arguably the first truly big game their skipper had missed when fit and available for almost a decade, but Di Mattteo said: "He's certainly a fantastic player for us and he will continue to be so and continue to be our captain and our leader when he plays."
Luiz: Chelsea will have gone backwards if they fail to retain Champions League Chelsea defender David Luiz believes it is imperative that the club retain the Champions League this season if they are to maintain their current rate of progress. Roberto Di Matteo's side needed a last-minute winner from Victor Moses to beat Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and Luiz believes that anything other than another European triumph will be considered a failure for the club. "If we win the Champions League again this season we will be better. Otherwise this Chelsea team are going to get worse," Luiz told reporters. "Results show that this is a different team now. We are playing differently but we are still going to show what we can do. "Last season our aim was the trophy and we did it. If we do it again, then we'll look at what we did differently." One of the club's summer recruits, Brazilian starlet Oscar, scored a wonderful goal from 45 yards against Shakhtar and the youngster feel ...
HEADIES: * Manchester United legend and Molde manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dreams of coaching Manchester United one day. * Chelsea boss, Roberto Di Matteo says he's unsure whether to start John Terry against Shakhtar Donetsk on wednesday in the Uefa Champions League. * Michael Owen says that referee Anthony Taylor was wrong to have shown Fabricio Coloccini red card against Liverpool.IRE O.
Chelsea's Falcao move marks the end for £50m Torres gamble After not looking likely to recapture his Liverpool form, the Spanish striker's time in west London could be drawing to a close after the Blues move for the Atletico Madrid star. When Fernando Torres was asked earlier in October about Radamel Falcao's future atAtletico Madrid, the Spaniard suggested that a player should not be held back once he becomes bigger than the club. He had a point, and Falcao is likely to become a team-mate of Torres at Chelsea in January as the Blues prepare a £48 million move for the in-form Colombian striker. But, by the same token, what if a player is no longer good enough for his team? The mere fact that Chelsea are moving for Falcao having spent more than £70m in the summer shows how much manager Roberto Di Matteo wants a leading striker as the Londoners look to win the Premier League title and retain their Champions League crown. While Falcao's arrival would not prompt Torres' immediate departure from Stamford Br ...
Super Sunday Sports Blog Chelsea have been in the news for all the wrong reasons since winning the 2011 Champions League title with a determined but far from inspiring style. Roberto Di Matteo has remained in charge of the Blues. Hazard and Oscar have joined the European Champions over the summer and under Di Matteo's watchful eye have linked well with Mata to finally deliver what their Russian Oligarch owner has long been demanding. a fast, fluid, eleven man style of total football. Remember, however, that the back story this summer and so far this season has involved John Terry being discredited as a witness in a criminal case, being fined by the FA and losing ( resigning ) the captaincy of England as he ceases to be available for International duty... all because he racially abused a fellow footballer. So cut to Super Sunday, where amongst other sporting match ups, Manchester United played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Harlequins played London Irish at The Madejski Stadium. English Football and Rugby ...
Di Matteo disappointed at lack of Chelsea recognition for Ballon d’Or Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo admits he is disappointed by FIFA’s lack of Ballon d’Or recognition for players from his club. Only former Blue Didier Drogba was selected in the 23-man shortlist for the individual award and the Italian manager feels that is not enough considering his side won the Champions League. “That is a bit disappointing because as the winners of the Champions League you would have expected it to recognise the performances of our players,” he told the club's official website . “It is a hard one to explain, I'm not sure if they look a lot at the international games as well.”
Ballon d'or Shortlist Five Premier League players have been named on the shortlist for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or, including Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli are also among the 23 men in the running to be recognised as the world's greatest player after helping Manchester City win the title last season. Didier Drogba has also been included after his contribution to Chelsea's Champions League success, while there are a number of contenders from Spain's Euro 2012-winning squad. The shortlist will be narrowed down to three on 29 November, with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid the favourites to top the list. Meanwhile, Roberto Di Matteo, Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini are among a shortlist of 10 in the frame for the coach of the year award. Vicente del Bosque, Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes, Jurgen Klopp, Joachim Low, Jose Mourinho and Cesare Prandelli have also been credited for their good work over the past ...
Chelsea (possible, 4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, Oscar, Mikel; Mata, Torres, Hazard. Out: Lampard (calf), Terry (suspended). Manchester United (possible, 4-3-1-2): De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs; Rooney; Welbeck, Van Persie. Out: Jones, Kagawa (both knee), Lindegaard (thumb), Smalling (match fitness), Vidic (knee). Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Matches 5, R2 Y24. Team News Frank Lampard will be sidelined for at least a fortnight with a calf problem, manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed on Friday. Lampard limped out of Tuesday's Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk with a recurrence of the injury he suffered before the international break and will miss Sunday's game against Manchester United, the Capital One Cup clash with the same opponents, a trip to Swansea and the Champions League return against Shakhtar. John Terry will serve the remainder of his racism ban in the first three of those games while Marko Marin is back after a minor injury. Mean ...
Chelsea news: Didier Drogba and Roberto Di Matteo on shortlists for Champions League triumph
Roberto Di Matteo admitted that Chelsea's Champions League defence hangs in the balance after the 2-1 defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk
Chelsea suffered their first Champions League defeat under Roberto Di Matteo last night against Shakhtar Donetsk, and it certainly made me wish I could turn back to the clock and change a couple of decisions made by Roman Abramovich in the last few seasons. For starters I was over the moon when Di Matteo finally took Fernando Torres off the field after 70 minutes of last nights game.
Roberto Di Matteo has refused to confirm whether John Terry will captain Chelsea in their Champions League clash at Shakhtar Donetsk next week.
Roberto Di Matteo says Petr Cech's save was "crucial" in Chelsea's Champions League win over FC Nordsjaelland. ...
Di Matteo: Everybody makes mistakes 11 hours ago Roberto Di Matteo insists everyone deserves a second chance after John Terry was found guilty of using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand. Chelsea boss Di Matteo refused to comment specifically on the outcome of Terry's Football Association hearing when giving his reaction to it on Friday afternoon. But asked if he believed in second chances, he said: "Yes, I do. I'm sure you've made some mistakes in your life. Me too." Some might argue Terry has had plenty of second chances in a career that has been defined by his defiance in the face of adversity. Pressed on why his captain repeatedly found himself at the centre of a storm, Di Matteo invoked the slogan famously printed on a T-shirt worn by another controversial player. "That's a good question to ask Mario Balotelli - 'Why always me?'" he joked. "That's a question you'd have to ask John." Terry is still awaiting the full written judgment of the independent FA panel, which his lawyers will pore over be ...
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo: "It was a big challenge to play against a quality side like Arsenal. We are very pleased, we were excellent today and deserved the win. Fernando Torres was excellent, his contribution was very good. It was right to pick John Terry, he showed his leadership again today. We pressed Arsenal and didn't allow them to find their rhythm. We have one of the best goalkeepers in the world and that is why he is with us. He made two saves. We didn't just come and sit back we took the initiative and took the game forward. We have a few knocks and bruises but we will *** them all before the Champions League game."
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