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Benitez, Monk, Pearson, Coyle, Neil, Di Matteo, Hughton, McCarthy, now in the Championship having all managed in the Premier League.
If the Premier League doesn't want Roberto Martinez, I'm sure someone can convince Horst Heldt to fire Di Matteo and grab him
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 ...
Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo could be in contention to replace Sam Allardyce at West Ham United, [football] direct news understands. The current Hammers boss is under pressure at Upton Park after his negative tactics provoked an angry reaction from the club's fans in yesterday's 2-1 win over Hull City, and Allardyce's reaction to their complaints has not helped matters. The former Bolton Wanderers manager has been under pressure for much of this season due to some disappointing results in the Premier League, and a decision could now be made in the summer depending on the availability of the West Ham board's replacement candidates. Reports today suggest that former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is being considered, while a club insider believes Di Matteo is also high on their list of targets. The Italian has been out of work since being dismissed by Chelsea early last season, but his sacking was seen as unfair by many after he guided the Blues to the Champions League just months earlier. ...
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
BENITEZ YAB CHELSEA BOARD AND FANS. Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has confirm he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after launching a scathing attacking on the club's board and supporters. Since replacing Roberto Di Matteo in November, Benitez has fought against supporter unrest in West London as well as uncertainty over his long-term future after two years in the managerial wilderness. Coupled with comments regarding Chelsea supporters made during his days as Liverpool manager, 14 wins from 27 matches, including elimination from three cup competitions and falling 19 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United has contributed to a turbulent spell with The Blues. "They gave me the title of interim manager, it's a massive mistake," Benitez told BBC Sport. "I am the manager and I will manage the team until the end, every single minute." Benitez also slammed the club's support, who have been unmoved in their backing for former manager Di Matteo, who won the Fa Cup and the Champion ...
With Rafael Benítez having managed as many Premier League games in charge of Chelsea FC as Roberto Di Matteo this season, I was curious to investigate how the two match up. When you look at the stats, it is fair to say that the Spaniard is lucky to still be in the job at The Bridge, although it is debatable whether or not anybody is lucky to be the manager at this particular club. At the time of the initial statistical research, Benítez had managed twelve Premier League games as Chelsea boss – the same as Di Matteo this season, at the time of writing, he has managed one more so I had to recalculate some of the figures to make them up-to-date. To begin with, lets take a look at the most basic figures possible. How many games has Benítez won, lost and drawn? Well, in his thirteen games at the helm, he has won only six, drawn four times, and lost three times. Compare this to Roberto Di Matteo’s twelve games in charge out of which he won seven, drew three and lost only two. With his win ratio being wor ...
DID YOU KNOW ? Rafa Benitez has taken 22 points from his 12 Premier League games at Chelsea; earlier this season, Di Matteo took 24 from 12. Juan Mata, who may miss out here, has been involved in 17 goals (nine goals, eight assists) in 19 Premier League starts for Chelsea this season. Chelsea has opened the scoring 15 times in the Premier League this season, more than any other side. Frank Lampard has scored nine goals in 11 Premier League starts this season. -D.R-
An Open Letter to Chelsea Interim Manager Rafa Benitez By Joe Krishnan Dear Rafa, I'm writing to you today just weeks after writing to your brutal boss Roman Abramovich (it still amazes me that he thought you were more than an apt replacement for our legendary Roberto Di Matteo) and I'd like to notify you that I will be praying for the club to decide against extending your contract when the summer comes. I thought I'd bring to your attention the fact that the fans do not like you. The reason I'm doing this is only because you are either a) thick-skinned enough to simply ignore the boos that ring around Stamford Bridge or b) hard of hearing and therefore require a hearing aid. Unlike many other Chelsea fans, I was quite satisfied to see you take the reigns at Stamford Bridge. Of course, I was still smarting from the manner in which Di Matteo departed, but equally, a coach with your credentials could help change around our season (although, if I'm being honest, third in the Premier League doesn't exactly sp ...
'Fans won't come back till Benitez has gone', insists Chelsea supporters' group The organisation's chairman warns the club is in "turmoil" and that, while they "appreciate" what Roman Abramovich has given to the Blues, the Spaniard is "not the right fit" Chelsea are in "danger of losing the soul of the club" while Rafa Benitez continues as interim manager, according to the chairman of the club's supporters' group. The former Liverpool boss was put in charge at Stamford Bridge back in November after Roberto Di Matteo was relieved of his post, just six months after winning the Champions League. Many followers of the West London outfit have refused to get behind the new manager, though, and instead continue to chant "there's only one Di Matteo" after the 16th minute of matches, representing the number he wore at the club. Despite a good start on the pitch, including an 8-0 mauling of Aston Villa, recent results have seen the Blues lose to bitter rivals, and Premier League strugglers, QPR, as well as suffer d ...
TRANSFER NEWS . . Liverpool line up Butland bid Liverpool are lining up a bid for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland. Everton are also targeting a move for the 19-year-old. Di Santo on Liverpool's radar Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is weighing up a move for Wigan Athletic forward Franco Di Santo. The 23-year-old has netted three goals in the Premier League this season. Arshavin closing in on Reading move Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin is on the verge of a move to Reading. Arsene Wenger's side are willing to accept £2 million for the 31-year-old. Di Matteo & Keane on Forest shortlist Roberto Di Matteo and Roy Keane are both candidates to replace Sean O'Driscoll, who was sacked by Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening. Villa set for Barcelona stay Many Premier League clubs have been alerted to David Villa's current situation at Barcelona, but the club are not willing to part company with the striker. Liverpool target Isimat-Mirin Liverpool could make an offer for France Under-21 defender Nicola ...
HAMMERS ADD TO CHELSEA MISERY Chelsea are still waiting for their first win under interim manager Rafael Benitez after they surrendered a halftime lead to lose 3-1 at West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday. After consecutive 0-0 draws since Benitez replaced crowd favourite Roberto Di Matteo the European champions at least found the net courtesy of Juan Mata's 13th-minute strike. However, West Ham responded after the break with Carlton Cole equalising against his former club just past the hour mark and substitute Mohamed Diame firing the home side ahead after 86 minutes to send the Upton Park crowd wild. With Chelsea's fans again singing songs in support of Di Matteo, West Ham completed a miserable day for Benitez when another substitute Modibo Maiga struck in stoppage time. Chelsea remain in third place on 26 points with West Ham moving up to seventh on 22.
Rafa Benitez could not inspire Chelsea to victory over Manchester City in his first game in charge and was the subject of protests from some fans in a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard has succeeded the sacked Roberto Di Matteo on an interim basis and his former connection with Liverpool has made him unpopular in London. Sections of the Chelsea support held up banners against Benitez and they also stood and applauded in the 16th minute, which was Di Matteo's shirt number in his playing days, before the game ended in a forgettable 0-0 draw. Sergio Aguero wasted the best chance of a turgid Premier League encounter in driving rain, which the visitors had the better of in the first half but the home side the second. The draw moved unbeaten champions City to within a point of new leaders Manchester United, leaving Chelsea fourth. Benitez has shored up the Blues' defence during his four days in charge but he has his work cut out to get them playing the scintillating football demanded by the watchin ...
Man City baptism for Chelsea new man Benitez on NOVEMBER 24, 2012 · in SPORTS LONDON (AFP) – Rafael Benitez’s hopes of winning over the Chelsea supporters face a stern test when his new side take on champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Chelsea fans have not universally welcomed Benitez’s appointment as Roberto Di Matteo’s interim successor, after the frequent spats that accompanied clashes between Benitez’s Liverpool and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. The Spaniard’s response has been to confidently declare he will gain acceptance through success on the pitch and there is no doubt victory over the reigning Premier League champions would be a step in the right direction. Benitez has been appointed until the end of the season but has talked of impressing the Chelsea hierarchy sufficiently to convince them to shelve any plans of pursuing former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who has also been linked with a move to City. And the new manager has already received first-hand experience ...
Roberto Di Matteo facts Di Matteo was Chelsea manager for 262 days - just six days longer than predecessor Andre Villas Boas. His Premier League record as Chelsea boss was W12 D6 L5 - a win percentage of 52.2% His record in all competitions was W24 D9 L9 - a win percentage of 57.1% Only one of Chelsea's six managers since Jose Mourinho left the club have spent more than Di Matteo's 262 days in the job - Carlo Ancelotti enjoyed one year and 326 days in charge.
Torres has finished off more bosses than chances By the time Roberto Di Matteo was sacked at 4am yesterday on his return from Chelsea’s 3-0 drubbing by Juventus, Fernando Torres had played a huge role in the demise of the last three managers — Di Matteo, Andre Villas-Boas and Carlo Ancelotti. You would have thought Abramovich might have learned something from the Andriy Shevchenko fiasco. Jose Mourinho, preparing for the 2006-2007 season after winning his second title, was landed with a player he never wanted. But the Russian owner was adamant: He’s my man, he cost £30million and he’s in the team. Mourinho’s nose was put out of joint and his relationship with Abramovich never recovered. By the time Mourinho was sacked six games into the 2007-2008 campaign, Shevchenko had scored just four Premier League goals in 31 games — and would eventually leave Stamford Bridge, his tail between his legs, with a record of just nine in 48. Abramovich, though, is never wrong. And so history has repeated itse ...
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Just six months ago Di Matteo led Chelsea to the Champions League. Here we look at Claudio Ranieri (September 2000 to May 2004) Life under Abramovich: The first manager to spend Abramovich's billions was under pressure from day one amid rumours Sven-Goran Eriksson was being lined up to replace him. The "Tinkerman" tag did not help the Italian and, despite finishing second in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League semi-finals, he was sacked. Life after Abramovich: Returned to his former club Valencia, immediately winning the European Super Cup, but was sacked six months later. Has won nothing since, despite landing prestigious jobs at Parma, Juventus, Roma, and Internazionale. Currently managing Monaco in France's second tier. José Mourinho (June 2004 to September 2007) Life under Abramovich: Declared himself the "Special One" and completely lived up to the moniker, becoming the most successful Chelsea manager ever. Immediately ended their 50-year wait for a league title with back-to-back Pr ...
"I am gobsmacked. Chelsea pulled the rug from under Roberto Di Matteo, which was just ludicrous. Now they have got in someone of Benitez's calibre, who is a poor manager. Nobody has wanted to employ him for two years. What does that tell you? In England he won two things, both on penalties. Di Matteo did that in 20-odd games, it didn't take four years. Benitez has a propensity for zonal marking, which doesn't work in the Premier League. He is the wrong choice for Chelsea and the fans do not want him." Trizia Fiorellino, chair of the Chelsea Supporters Group
LONDON -- Six months after guiding Chelsea to an unlikely Champions League title, Roberto Di Matteo was fired Wednesday with the team on the brink of becoming the first defending champion eliminated from the group stage. Di Matteo, who was hired on a permanent basis in June, was dismissed a day after a 3-0 loss to Juventus in Turin left Chelsea's title defense in tatters. Chelsea also is struggling in the Premier League,having picked up just two points from its last four games to fall to third place. "The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season," Chelsea said in a statement. There was no immediate announcement on a replacement for Di Matteo, but former Liverpool and Inter Milan coach Rafa Benitez has been heavily linked with the job. Pep Guardiola, currently on a break from coaching after leavingBarcelona at the end ...
The ex-midfielder won the Fa Cup twice and made 175 appearances for the Blues between 1996 and 2002, and took over as boss in the wake of Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. But they overturned that deficit with a 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge and secured a 2-2 draw at Barcelona in the semi-final second leg despite having John Terry sent off in the first half at the Nou Camp. After beating Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup Final, they beat Bayern Munich in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the Champions League final. They finished sixth in the Premier League and Abramovich waited until June to give Di Matteo the job on a permanent basis. And after the arrivals of Eden Hazard,Oscar and Victor Moses, they suffered just one defeat in their opening 12 matches. Although Chelsea enjoyed an impressive opening to the campaign, Di Matteo faced constant questions about Terry, who was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the Football Association for racially abusing ...
So that's that, then. Roberto Di Matteo bites the dust at Chelsea. And if you can find the logic in it, you're a better man than me. They say it's a "results business." And most likely, Chelsea will become the first defending Champions League winner ever to go out at the group stage following the 3-0 defeat at Juventus on Tuesday night. But if you buy this "results" line then it's equally true that Di Matteo came in and rescued a wayward season and delivered Chelsea its first ever Champions League crown. Not just that; he also won the Fa Cup. And sure, Chelsea had good fortune on their side in overcoming Barcelona and Bayern Munich on their way to the big one. But it's also true that they weren't exactly lucky in their recent Premier League outings against West Brom, Liverpool and Manchester United. The Blues could easily have had another four points from those three games, in which case they'd be top of the table. Would Di Matteo have gotten the boot then?
We are third in the Premier League, where most expected us to finish, still have a chance in the Champions League and are still in the Capital One Cup. Hardly a crisis. Di Matteo had a bond with the club like no other and he was making the transition gradually and had the support of the players. Abramovich has sacked Di Matteo, not Chelsea. Not happy!
Rightly or wrongly, Roberto Di Matteo this morning became the SEVENTH manager sacked during the turbulent reign of Roman Abramovich. Last night’s defeat in Juventus was the final straw for the ruthless Russian owner who has quickly forgotten that it was Di Matteo who delivered the Holy Grail (the Champions League) just a few months ago. Has Abramovich made the right decision, or is it yet another knee-jerk reaction from a man who clearly has no concept of stability. Eight managers (Guus Hiddink was the only one not to have been sacked) have come and gone, and we can only wonder who will be next to pick up the poisoned chalice. Let’s have a look back at the men who have fallen on their swords – and you decide if the man at the top was right or wrong. Claudio Ranieri The Italian remained in charge through Abramovich's first year, and did a thoroughly good job. The year after he was sacked Chelsea won the Premier League, but Ranieri would argue that success was achieved with the team he built. Jose Mou ...
The big match Juventus V Chelsea, Group E, Juventus Stadium, Turin Pitted together in a tight section featuring three teams separated by a single point, one of these two European powerhouses looks destined to miss out on the knockout phase. Juventus are the side with the most work to do and can afford nothing short of victory in their 125th outing at this level. Having picked up a 2-2 draw in London, a win would allow them to visit Shakhtar Donetsk needing a draw in their final fixture, but La Vecchia Signora have struggled for goals of late. The Serie A leaders share with Fiorentina the distinction of playing the most attractive football in Italy, yet they lack a thoroughbred goalscorer as was painfully clear in their 0-0 draw with Lazio at the weekend. As for Chelsea, their early-season form has deserted them and they boast just two points from their last four Premier League games, succumbing 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion last time out. Di Matteo's side will nonetheless be boosted by the return of Juan Ma ...
Roberto Di Matteo would like Radamel Falcao and his focus will be a striker in January’s transfer window. Chelsea have been linked with the Atletico Madrid player, who has a £48million release clause in his contract. Speaking about the 26-year-old Colombian international ahead of today’s trip to West Brom, Di Matteo said: “Falcao is one of the best strikers, probably, in European and world football. “His ratio of goals per game is quite impressive, not just this season but over the last three years, at Porto and Atletico Madrid. “If you ask any manager, he’d have him in his team. But we don’t really comment on transfer rumours or speculation. Whatever we do we’ll keep it behind closed doors.” The love is mutual. Falcao could not have made his feelings clearer about a possible move to the Premier League, saying: “Chelsea are champions of Europe and there is not much more to say than that. “Even after winning the Champions League, they still go and sign players of the highest quality. ...
ports West Bromwich, United Kingdom (AFP) – Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo paid a heavy price for tinkering with his team as the Blues went down 2-1 at his former club West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie bounced the Baggies into fourth place in the Premier League, as Chelsea’s hopes of mounting a credible title challenge to the two Manchester clubs this season took another knock at the Hawthorns. But Di Matteo had only himself to blame after leaving five players who may start in Tuesday’s vital Champions League game at Juventus on the bench. Albion needed some late heroics from goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, but there was no doubting their right to the three points. Di Matteo, a former Albion manager, was left to reflect on the price of his big gamble after a result that left Chelsea third in the standings. He broke up the heartbeat of his side this season — the midfield trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard — by leaving the Spaniard and the Brazilian on the bench, alo ...
West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill will again provide cover for Ben Foster, who is recovering from groin surgery. Albion are sweating over the fitness of defender Gareth McAuley, who suffered a hamstring injury playing for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan, with Gabriel Tamas on stand-by to deputise. But they are more hopeful midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will be fit after a hamstring injury led to him withdrawing from midweek action with Congo. On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to face his parent club. Chelsea will once again be without the services of club captain John Terry after he picked up a knee injury during a meeting with Liverpool last weekend. The centre-half made his return to Premier League action after serving a four-match ban in a 1-1 draw with the Reds, but is now facing up to another spell on the sidelines. Ashley Cole, who has been nursing a hamstring problem, and Frank Lampard, who has a calf complaint, remain doubtful, while Di Matteo will be hoping that a midweek trip ...
Di Matteo is right over inflexible Premier League - Japan time diff a killer! Never understood English distain for Club World Championship.
Roberto Di Matteo admits Liverpool have become Chelsea's "bogey team" ahead of the visit of Brendan Rodgers' side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The importance of maintaining the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United will inevitably provide a more powerful incentive to the Blues, but Di Matteo's side are also anxious to end a run of four straight league defeats against the Anfield club Chelsea savoured success by beating Liverpool in last season's FA Cup Final, but with the current title race threatening to be a tight, three-way battle between the Blues, United and Manchester City, league points are now the immediate priority. Manager Di Matteo said: "They are our bogey team. They seem always to play exceptionally well against us and get results. It is always difficult and very difficult to beat them. "It hasn't happened too often in the last three years. We have to be aware of that and be very focused and try to play a very good game. "First of all, they have very good players and they seem ...
Chelsea boss Di Matteo slams Premier League chiefs: I don't understand YOU! Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has slammed the game's authorities over their heavy schedule. Di Matteo has hit out at the Premier League for refusing to back Chelsea’s FIFA Club World Cup bid. And the fall-out could get even worse, as the Premier League will turn down any request from Chelsea to wear the winners’ badge if they become Club World champions. ... Di Matteo, whose team face Liverpool today, said: “We are very happy to go to Japan. We’ve tried to postpone the Sunderland game to give us the best chance, but, obviously, the Premier League didn’t agree to it as usual. “So that’s certainly going to put the strain on the players because we are going to have to travel after the ­Sunderland game and arrive ­basically three days before our first game in Japan. “You would think the Premier League would have every interest in making sure they give you the best chance to be successful in Japan, which would reflec ...
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Roberto Di Matteo concedes that Liverpool are Chelsea's bogey team at the moment - the Reds have secured a Premier League double over the West Londoners in three of the last four seasons and have lost only two of their last 11 league meetings. The Blues manager reveals Ashley Cole will miss Sunday's game with a hamstring injury but says captain John Terry is available. "He's in a good position to be involved," said Di Matteo. "He'll be a big asset on and off the pitch and he can focus on the football and team now."
Having seen what looked like a return to winning ways in the league denied by a late Swansea equaliser, Roberto Di Matteo backed his side to show their resolve in the weeks ahead. Victor Moses , who retained his place after an impressive cup showing midweek, headed in off the post to give Chelsea a second-half lead, only for Pablo Hernandez to equalise inside the final five minutes. Di Matteo admitted his team didn't perform in the attacking sense as well as in recent weeks. 'I thought we had a little more of the game and more clear chances than Swansea,' he said after the game, 'and when the opposition equalise late on you always feel it is a bit unlucky, but Swansea scored a quality goal. 'We lacked a little creativity. It is hard to win away in the Premier League and this is only the second game we have drawn, the others we have won. It was just disappointing that we didn't hold on to our lead, sometimes when you are not brilliant you can hang on to a result like that. 'At the back we didn't conceded t ...
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has claimed that Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson are favoured by referees when it comes to important decisions during a match, the Daily Mirror has reported.United and Chelsea are engaged in a round of verbal sparring following their controversial meeting in the Premier League a week ago, which saw two Chelsea players - Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres - sent off, a Javier Hernandez goal allowed to stand despite the striker appearing to be offside, and an alleged incident between referee Mark Clattenburg and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel. Ferguson has publically backed Clattenburg, insisting that he does not believe the referee would have made the racial remark he is alleged to have used towards Mikel, while Clattenburg also strenuously denies the claim. Di Matteo has however said that he believes Ferguson and his team are subconsciously favoured by referees when they are faced by decisions that could go either way yet have a large bearing over the outco ...
Roberto Di Matteo has admitted Chelsea have been missing John Terry after their defensive problems deepened ahead of the Barclays Premier League game at Swansea. The European champions were all over the place at the back in Wednesday night's dramatic Capital One Cup win over Manchester United and were hardly any better in Sunday's first league defeat of the season against the same opponents. They have now conceded 11 goals in just four games since Terry began his domestic racism ban, although the Chelsea captain did play in one of them when he started their Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk. Terry serves the final instalment of his ban on Saturday, while manager Di Matteo revealed fellow defender David Luiz would almost certainly miss the Swansea game though injury. That would mean Branislav Ivanovic being pressed into centre-back service in a new-look defence that would almost certainly see right-back Cesar Azpilicueta handed his full league debut, with Ashley Cole returning from injury on the ...
All change for Manchester United as they head for reprise at Chelsea Roberto Di Matteo and Sir Alex Ferguson will make significant changes to their Chelsea and Manchester United sides for Wednesday evening's Capital One Cup tie at Stamford Bridge, where they meet three days after their controversial Premier League game.Ferguson will rest key players at Stamford Bridge. "Obviously we will make changes for the Wednesday game," he said. "The squad that played against Newcastle [United, in the previous round] will be in place again. You don't want to lose down there and we want to continue in the cup. Any game down there is going to be tough. There has been good progress there since Roberto Di Matteo took the job. They are big games – and big games are good for us."Di Matteo is also without the suspended John Terry, Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic, and the injured Frank Lampard. "We are looking to freshen the team up a little bit, for sure, and also put a couple of youngsters in," Di Matteo said. "We ...
Premier League bosses Sir Alex Ferguson, Roberto Mancini and Roberto Di Matteo are on the Coach of the Year list.
Roberto Di Matteo spoke to Chelsea TV ahead of the Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
By Mark OgdenLast Updated: 3:35PM GMT 28/10/2012 Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Manchester United to end their 10-year search for a Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge to deliver a signal of intent in what he believes has already become a three-horse race for the title. United last claimed all three points at Chelsea with a 3-0 win in April 2002. Roman Abramovich might have seen Ferguson’s team deny him a Champions League title in Moscow in 2008, but when it comes to league business, Chelsea’s Russian owner has still to see United spoil an afternoon at Stamford Bridge. United’s rivals have come and gone during Ferguson’s 26-year reign as manager, but none have been a source of irritation to the Scot quite like Chelsea. Even when the current European champions were little more than First Division also-rans at the outset of Ferguson’s Old Trafford career, Chelsea’s ability to prove a thorn in United’s side was already well established. “They have had a terrific record against us sinc ...
The former Swansea City winger has made only one start in the Premier League since joining the defending champions ahead of the visit of his previous club to the Etihad Stadium
The leaves have only just started falling from the trees, so in terms of the Premier League season, it is a bit early for the mind games. But with the occasion of his first meeting as Chelsea manager with Alex Ferguson tomorrow, it was natural that someone should ask Roberto Di Matteo if he believed...
Goal.com shared the following link and had this to say about it: Roberto Di Matteo has targeted Manchester United's defensive problems ahead of Chelsea's clash with the Premier League runners-up on Sunday. Do you think that United are weak at the back? Will Chelsea be more than four points ahead of Manchester United at the end of the weekend? You can read Di Matteo's comments HERE:
Di Matteo was facing the press ahead of Sunday's encounter with Manchester United, and conceded that Lampard will miss the game at Stamford Bridge. The England midfielder aggravated the pre-existing injury in Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk and will miss the return leg, in addition to the United clash. Di Matteo told reporters: "He is going to be out for a few weeks. He's got a calf problem, so we will miss him and it's a big loss for us. "Apart from him everybody else is fit. Marko Marin might be in the squad for Sunday." The 34-year-old had already been forced to sit out England's World Cup Qualifiers against San Marino and Poland in a bid to recover quickly from the injury, but only lasted 15 minutes against Shakhtar in the Ukraine before being withdrawn. Lampard has played in seven Premier League matches this season, scoring three goals so far.
The Blues won at White Hart Lane in the league for the first time since 2005 and remained top of the Premier League pile in the process. A brilliant Gary Cahill goal gave Roberto Di Matteo's men a well-deserved lead to take into the dressing room at half-time, but that was soon surrendered as William Gallas and Jermain Defoe put Spurs ahead inside 10 minutes from the restart. However Chelsea steeled ourselves and responded with true belief, Juan Mata netting twice in just over two minutes to restore the advantage. Tottenham had chances, as did Chelsea, but it was the returning Daniel Sturridge who made sure all three points were heading to south-West London just before the end. There was plenty of evidence for those entertained by a cracking derby match that this reshaped side will prove to be genuine challengers in the months ahead. Team news With Ramires preferred to Lampard as Mikel's partner behind the more forward-thinking midfield three, Cahill replacing suspended John Terry was the only change from ...
Zidane: Hazard already a Chelsea star French legend Zinedine Zidane is full of praise for Chelsea star Eden Hazard. The Belgium international was wanted by Zidane to sign for Real Madrid. "He has immediately adapted to the Premier League. Hazard, a player with the most assists to his name, is already one of the most important pawns on the chessboard of (Roberto) Di Matteo," said Zizou. "He is a player with a personality on the field. He gives fans pleasure. Whatever his age, he makes a deep impression on me. He lets the others play better, that's his strength." My take The master has spoken...no contest...super player, Hazard.
Football Fan Maniacs wrote: Di Matteo's fellow countryman and fellow Premier League coach Roberto Mancini is under pressure to deliver a home victory for English champions Manchester City against Borussia Dortmund in Group D. Do think Manchester City can make it out of the group stage the season again? Eric Aikince
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Gervinho's powerful finish put Arsenal level before the interval but Roberto Di Matteo's side claimed the points early in the second half when Mata's long-range free-kick took the slightest touch off Koscielny and beat Vito Mannone before he could react. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger regarded this match of a measure of his side's title potential - and they had the opportunity to rescue a point only to find Chelsea keeper Petr Cech in defiant mood. He saved brilliantly from Lukas Podolski's second-half header and produced a superb reflex save from Olivier Giroud's deflected shot, the France striker also missing a great stoppage-time opportunity when he hit the side-netting after evading Cech's challenge. Torres too good Fernando Torres' early strike was his 75th goal in the Premier League. Only Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie have scored more since Torres got his first in 2007. The Blues will see this as a landmark win as Di Matteo continues to shift the emphasis in personnel and tactical approach after ...
Roberto Di Matteo declared himself happy with Chelsea's performance from start to finish after they beat Arsenal 2-1 in Saturday's London derby. Fernando Torres and Juan Mata scored for the Blues as they maintained their unbeaten Premier League record this season to stay top of the early table.Di Matteo thought the win was deserved but insists Chelsea are not getting carried away by their strong start.He told Sky Sports: "I thought we played very well today and deserved to win the game."I think it's very difficult when you come to the Emirates and they're a good side but I thought we were excellent today."Asked to highlight where Chelsea did well, the manager added: "Everything from the start to the end. We never defended too much or too deep, we tried to take the initiative and go forward and try and create chances for us and the game went for us today as well."Our pressing was very good. We showed it last week against Stoke as well."We'll have to keep working on what we want to do. It's going to take so ...
Controversy has followed Terry throughout his club and international career, but when asked why unwanted headlines seemed to be associated with his captain, Di Matteo referred to another Premier League figure. "That's a good question to ask Mario Balotelli," he said. "Why always me?"
what a shame!!! Fernando Torres has been ranked as one of the Premier League's deadliest strikers., this is to show the world football that Chelsea FC has no top finisher "striker" in Premier League's, Di Matteo should better sell deadliest striker (Fernando Torres) forever and bring on board a new number one striker in world of football "Radamel Falcao from Athletico Madrid in January transfer.. Otherwise, i will suspend of being Fan Chelsea FC forever because deadliest striker "Torres" Thank you all..
Cole Will Sign ! Roberto Di Matteo is "very optimistic" Ashley Cole will sign a new contract at Chelsea before the the transfer window opens after the left-back's first goal for 28 months kept them top of the Barclays Premier League. "I'm very optimistic that it will be dealt with before that," Di Matteo said after watching Cole net a vital late winner in the European champions' 1-0 victory over Stoke on Saturday. Di Matteo confirmed he had recommended to the Chelsea board that they keep Cole "as long as they can" before waxing lyrical about the 31- year-old, who controversially joined the club from Arsenal six years ago.IRE O.
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A reunion with Anton Ferdinand, who Terry was cleared in court of racially abusing back in July. Chelsea boss Di Matteo said. "We're going to respect the rules and the protocol that is in place from the Premier League and set a positive standard to the millions of people watching across the world." He added of the handshake: "We'll go ahead with it, yes."
19.48: Lyon have confirmed that Brazil international Michel Bastos will not be joiningFulham. Bernard Lacombe, an advisor to the club said late on Friday: 'Bastos will by with Lyon tomorrow night, and the next season. We had a proposal from Fulham.' 19.43: Riath Al-Samarrai reports that Swanseahave said there will be no more inward activity this window. Stephen Dobbie is still expected to leave, but a prominently placed source says it could be to any one of Bristol City, Boro or Burnley. 19.41: BREAKING NEWS: Hugo Lloris has completed his medical at Tottenham. We await to hear the results of that... 19.37: News from Monaco where European champions Chelsea are playing in the UEFA Super Cup and manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that midfielder Michael Essien is not in the squad as he is completing a loan move to another Premier League club. Arsenalhad been linked earlier this week, but Di Matteo has said that he will not be moving to the Emirates.
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Chelsea legendary hero could be back at Stamford Bridge sooner than thought Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba wants to return to the Premier League and may look to train with Chelsea to keep him fit for the African cup of Nations. The 34-year-old who scored 100 league goals for Chelsea, helped manager Roberto Di Matteo win the Champions League against Bayern Munich in May. The Ivory Coast striker, currently playing for Chinese side Shanghai Shenua, wants to train with a Premier League side, as he looks to stay in peak conditions for the tournament which is due to begin on January 19 in South Africa. His present club is embroiled in boardroom turmoil, with club chairman Zhu Jun has told that he will only bear the day to day expenses at the club unless he is given more power. The Ivorian wants to follow the example of David Beckham by training with a top flight club and could easily ask Di Matteo to let him join his former colleagues at the Surrey training ground.
Super Cup is not a friendly! Di Matteo says Chelsea will be at full strength in Monaco Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo saw his side maintain their perfect start to the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday and then declared the Blues will now go all out to win the Super Cup.
Football:Roberto Di Matteo praised striker Fernando Torres's "immense" workrate following Chelsea's 2-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard scored from the spot after Torres was tripped as he ran into the area, before the Spaniard doubled the lead with a brilliant strike from 18 yards. "I've always been happy with Fernando," Di Matteo told BBC Sport. "His workrate is immense and when he doesn't score he's a provider." Chelsea maintained their 100% record with their third league win which moved them to the summit of the Premier League. Torres's strike was his sixth goal in nine games for club and country. His early season form is in complete contrast with that of last season when he went 24 games without scoring. "The confidence is back because I'm playing more," added Torres, who also praised his support attackers. "It's great to have players like Hazard here (£32m summer signing). It's a privilege to play with Juan Mata and Hazard." Di Matteo also paid tribute to the for ...
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Chelsea v. Newcastle Preview (Sky Sports) Roberto Di Matteo and Eden HazardChelsea host Newcastle United in the Saturday evening kick-off looking to make it a perfect three wins on the bounce in this season's Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo's early league leaders followed up their 2-0 away win at Wigan on Sunday with a pulsating 4-2 home victory over new boys Reading on Wednesday. The Blues had to come from behind to beat Brian McDermott's side and Di Matteo will be looking for his team to tighten up at the back, especially against top strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba. Cisse notched a brace - including his curling wonder-goal - as the Magpies downed the Blues 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in May last season. And Ba - who is hoping to be fit from a sore shin - showed his own goalscoring prowess with the opener as Alan Pardew's side beat Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas' new team Tottenham 2-1 last weekend to get their season off to a winning start. Team News Gary Cahill may continue in the starting line ...
Wigan Athletic winger Victor Moses final audition in front of Chelsea chiefs on Sunday swung a move in his favour. The Daily Mail says Moses was outstanding for Wigan during their 2-0 defeat by Roberto Di Matteo’s side at the DW Stadium in last weekend’s Premier League opener. That performance convinced Di Matteo, as well as Chelsea technical director Michael Emanalo and owner Roman Abramovich, to meet Wigan’s asking price. My take Hard work has a reward
Wigan accept Chelsea offer for Moses Wigan Athletic have accepted a bid for Victor Moses from Chelsea, revealing the Blues have finally met the valuation set by the club. The midfielder was on the receiving end of four unsuccessful bids by the European champions but Dave Whelan has finally agreed to sell the player on the fifth attempt. The club announced on their website that they had given Chelsea permission to speak to Moses as the move looks set to go through sometime this week.The 21-year-old played the full 90 minutes against his potential new club last weekend but failed to get on the score sheet as Di Matteo's men ran out 2-0 victors. Moses' versatility - he can either play out wide or as a central striker - is believed to have attracted Chelsea as they look to push reigning champions Manchester City all the way in the Premier League.
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Di Matteo well aware of complacency as Chelsea prepare for Reading Roberto Di Matteo has certainly not pencilled in a win for his Chelsea side ahead of tomorrow night’s meeting with Reading . Despite the Royals coming up from the Championship this season, the Blues boss knows all too well that promoted sides are capable of pulling off big results against established Premier League outfits. "I'm very wary of newly-promoted teams like Reading and Southampton," he told the club's official website after Reading drew 1-1 with Stoke City and the Saints pushed champions Manchester City to 3-2 on the weekend. "It's going to be a very difficult game when you play a newly-promoted team early on, full of enthusiasm and spirit. We will try our best to win our first home game. "You sometimes look at it and think you don't want to change a winning team but it doesn't always work like that. We will see for tomorrow night, I haven't made my decision yet, we finished training not long ago and I have to think about it."
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Di Matteo impressed by 'hardworking' TorresBy talkSPORT | Sunday, August 12, 2012 Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has praised goalscorer Fernando Torres’s performance against Manchester City in the Community Shield.The Spaniard opened the scoring in the first half before ten man Chelsea went on to lose 3-2 to the Premier League champions.And the Italian, who was made full time Blues boss this summer after winning..
manager Roberto Di Matteo backs Branislav Ivanovic over red card Roberto Di Matteo insisted Kevin Friend’s decision to dismiss Branislav Ivanovic was the pivotal moment in Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at Villa Park in Sunday's Community Shield and claimed there had been no intent from the Serbian international. Ivanovic is facing a three-match ban for his reckless challenge on Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov late in the first half and it is unlikely Chelsea will appeal and risk a lengthier suspension. With Chelsea leading at the time, Ivanovic’s dismissal was undoubtedly the game-changer as the Champions League holders suffered a fourth successive defeat in pre-season, just a week ahead of their Premier League opener at Wigan Athletic. Fernando Torres appeared galvanised after his three goals at Euro 2012 and produced a wonderfully taken opening goal but it was the loss of Ivanovic that conspired to condemn Di Matteo to his first competitive defeat since being appointed permanent manager. He sai ...
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Chelsea boss Di Matteo: Don't expect too much from Hazard Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is keen to keep down expectations around £32m signing Eden Hazard. Hazard will attempt to outshine Manchester City equivalent David Silva at Villa Park in today's Community Shield. Di Matteo said: “He’s a good player but let’s not forget he’s young and is coming fresh into the Premier League. In training he has already shown glimpses of his qualities. It’s exciting.”
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Chelsea enter Napoli talks for €35M Cavani Chelsea have entered talks with Napoli for Edinson Cavani. The Daily Star says Roberto Di Matteo has made signing a forward his top priority this summer after losing Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou earlier this summer but accepts his pursuit of Hulk is over due to Porto 's asking price. Having struck 33 goals in 47 games last season Di Matteo believes Cavani possess the correct physical attributes for Premier League target man and is hopeful of concluding a deal before the new season kicks off. As Napoli are prepared to settle for a cut price offer of €35 million, it looks as though a deal could go ahead.
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Chelsea's new Brazilian midfielder Oscar has revealed he is eager to see his international colleague Neymar follow him and make a move to West London. Don't Miss■Mancini pleased with Wolfsburg win■RDM needs to be sure of strongest side■Aguero: I will be fit to face Chelsea■Di Matteo wanted more from pre-season■Match Report: Brighton 3-1 Chelsea The pair are currently on Olympic duty for their country, where they have progressed to the semi-finals, and Santos star Neymar has impressed. He has been linked with a move to Europe for several years, and Oscar has revealed he will be doing all he can to ensure when that move comes, he will be coming to Stamford Bridge. "While we are in London, I have been telling Neymar about the ambition of Chelsea," he told The People. LONDON'S PRIDE 4/6 Chelsea are 4/6 to finish as the Premier League's top London club next season with William Hill "When the time comes for him to join a European club, I hope I can persuade him." Oscar joined Roberto Di Matteo's side ...
Brighton 3-1 Chelsea: Hosts stun Di Matteo's men despite Lampard opener Blues easily contained by Championship opposition in final pre-season friendly ahead of next Sunday's Community Shield encounter with Manchester City By Josh Clarke Aug 4, 2012 5:05:00 PM Chelsea concluded their summer preparations for the forthcoming Premier League campaign with a 3-1 defeat to Brighton at the Amex Stadium. Frank Lampard opened the scoring for the Blues though efforts from Vicente, Ashley Barnes and Andrew Crofts secured a shock win for the Championship side. The result means that Chelsea face Manchester City in next weekend's Community Shield having suffered three friendly defeats on the bounce. With Ryan Bertrand, Daniel Sturridge, Juan Mata, Oriel Romeu and new signing Oscar still absent due to Olympic commitments, Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo still named a strong starting line-up for Chelsea's final pre-season run-out. Petr Cech started in goal with Gary Cahill partnering John Terry in defence and Branislav Ivano ...
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Di Matteo says he is planning to loan out some Chelsea stars: so who will play 2012/13 elsewhere? Starting with the ones we know: Thibaut Courtois has already had his deal with Atletico Madrid extended to a second year. Patrick van Aanholt and Tomas Kalas will play the coming season at Vitesse, and Jeffrey Bruma will stay at SV Hamburg. Deals have just been agreed to send Ulises Davila to Sabadell, both Milan Lakovic and Matej Delac to Vitoria Guimaraes, and Rohan Ince to Yeovil. Kevin De Bruyne looks certain to be loaned to Werder Bremen, and Romelu Lukaku is looking increasingly likely to be sent to a Premier League club – possibly Fulham. The possibility of Thorgan Hazard going on loan has also been raised: with Watford not beyond the realms of possibility. And Gael Kakuta, looking less and less worthy of the chaos Chelsea endured to secure his signature, will surely spend another year in France – though he may even be sold. Which leaves the question of Chelsea's most contentious young talent: Josh ...
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Everywhere U Glance ITS MAKING THE HEADLINES. -Ferdinand favours club over country -Vilanova: No bad relationship with Mourinho -Ferguson ONLY CHERISHES the EPL titlE -Pardew: Carroll deal out of my hands -Lavezzi eager to impress -Vidic, Smalling expected to be fit for opener -Edmilson joins Tokyo on loan -Owen ´closer to finding a new club´ -Parejo aims for trophies with Valencia -Al Wasl deny huge Maradona pay-out -Casillas: ´Tough´ to choose Ballon d´Or winner -Pizarro keen to win titles -Subotic eyes Premier League move -Ibrahimovic close to completing PSG move -Roar sign South Korean Do -Lippi keen to retain Conca -Gurpreet to train with Wigan -Apek optimistic about Malaysia chances -Hughes dismisses Bellamy links -United arrive in Durban -McEachran keen for answers from Di Matteo -Rangers poised to back down on transfers -Wessels ready for retirement -Giggs ready for Olympic experience -Pre-season friendly: Monaco 0 Newcastle United 1
How many Italians have been a success in the Premier League? Zola, Di Canio, Di Matteo? Ravanelli and Carbone to a degree. Any more?
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Di Matteo will find it hard to snub a competition that has offered a number of other recent Chelsea bosses a chance of early silverware. Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo will this season have to take a decision no manager relishes: which trophies to give up on before the season has started. The Blues are up for an unprecedented seven trophies in the 2012/13 campaign: the Premier League, Fa Cup, League Cup, FA Community Shield, Champions League, European Super Cup and World Club Cup. If conventional logic says it is folly to fight on seven fronts at once, a look at the fixture schedule shows that to attempt to do so could be suicidal for Chelsea’s season. From the very start, Blues suffer for the success they achieved last season. On 12 August they are pitched into an FA Community Shield game at Villa Park, not their happiest of hunting grounds, against Manchester City. They are likely to be without Olympic stars including Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand and Daniel Sturridge for this matc ...
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Andre Villas-Boas could be installed as Tottenham's manager in the next 24 hours. The Former Chelsea boss is believed to be the only candidate to replace Harry Redknapp and appears set for a quick return to the Premier League. Villas-Boas lasted less than a season at Stamford Bridge, being replaced by Roberto Di Matteo in March after a poor run of form that cost them a top-four place.
Roberto Di Matteo, an Italian, won the Champions League.. Roberto Mancini won the Premier League.. Guess its Italy's year
"The choice was between Chelsea and Arsenal," Giroud told TF1. "I chose Arsenal because of the club's philosophy and stability." "It is something that means a lot for me. I've always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Arsenal are a great club with many French players." "I adore Arsenal, Wenger really wanted me and I wasn't sure Di Matteo knows who I am." -Olivier Giroud
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TOP TRENDING HEADLINES ON THE SUPER MORNING SHOW Moses, Utaka still part of my team – Keshi Saintfiet shocked as NFF meets over contract Harry Redknapp’S reign as Tottenham boss is over Di Matteo handed new Chelsea deal as Abramovich backs Italian over Pep RAY WILKINS has warned Roberto Di Matteo he is merely keeping the Chelsea manager’s seat warm for Pep Guardiola. Allardyce plans Yakubu raid as West Ham boss continues to build for Premier League return NPL Round Up: Kano Pillars go a point clear as Rangers, Enyimba stumble on the road Cristiano Ronaldo lashes out after being mocked with 'Messi' chants against Denmark Dutch morale broken beyond repair as Van Marwijk's errors are punished
Di Matteo aims to bridge gap Roberto Di Matteo has set his sights on improving Chelsea's Premier League fortunes after signing a contract to become permanent manager.
Well do Di Matteo, now bring in Zola in some capacity, good old days when people still had a gripe as we brought in well named stars and were nearly men! The only way he can do better now is retain the CL trophy (be the first to do that) Premier League, Fa Cup Community Shield and League Cup!
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Olusoji wrote"Last Saturday, Chelsea FC won the EUFA Champions League trophy under the tutelage of Roberto Di Matteo their stand- in coach. I believe the greatest beneficiary of the victory was Di Matteo. And want to share a few lessons about him. Di Matteo is a young coach who hasn't had a good career as a coach. He had managed Milton Keynes Dons, West Bromwich Albion, before coming to Chelsea. In his first season with MK Dons, he led them to third place in League One. As West Brom Head Coach the team finished second in the English second division, winning automatic promotion to the Premier League. 14 August 2010- his West Brom, lost 6-0 to Chelsea. Between Dec 2010 and Jan 2011, his club won only one of ten matches. 5 Feb 2011, his team was defeated by Manchester City 3 -0. He was sacked immediately He applied to become manager of Birmingham City FC but was unsuccessful 29 June 2011, He was appointed Assistant Manager to André Villas-Boas, the manager of Chelsea. 4 March 2012, He became caretaker ...
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Cannot believe this season. Henry, THE KING returned to Arsenal! He was amazing, Scholes returned to help out United, Van Persie bagged 36 goals !! Arsenal somehow salvaged third place, United bottled an 8 point lead even with all their oh so important experience. Newcastle almost made CL, Wigan beat all the big guns, Liverpool were awful, Di Matteo's been great since AVB got sacked, Chelsea beat Barca, Arsenal almost beat Milan on aggregant, QPR stayed in the last 5 minutes, Norwich and Swansea were awesome playing great football, some of the best goals in EPL history were scored (Cisse!!!) and the league was won in the FINAL minute of the ENTIRE season! that is just unreal! you cannot make that kind of thing up and fair play to Man City, but the credit must go to every team for making this a truly amazing season in the Premier League which will probably never be beaten. This is the best league in the world and if anybody says otherwise, well, their opinion is 100% completely and utterly invalid. English ...
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo says the club will do all it can to get injured defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill fit for the Champions League final. Both will miss Sunday's final Premier League game against Blackburn in the hope they can recover for the showdown with Bayern Munich on Saturday, 19 May. "We hope to have them in the group training next week," said Di Matteo. "With the suspensions we have, we have to try our hardest and push them as hard as we can." Chelsea are desperate to get L
Premier League News wrote; Di Matteo: "Key was confidence, give the players motivation." Drogba: "It was a hard season, but tomorrow we have the chance to say, it was a great season." RDM: "Tonight I will make the final decisions on team selection after assessing the players in training." Lampard: "We still dont know who will play tomorrow." Lampard: "We'r going to give everything to win it." EXCLUSIVE: Didier Drogba: 'There are a lot of rumours about me & Barca - It's not true. Excitement of CL is more important than this.
Gary Cahill and David Luiz have given Chelsea a boost by returning to training ahead of Saturday's Champions League final. The two defenders have been missing with hamstring injuries, but both are in contention to face Bayern Munich. John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles are all suspended, while Florent Malouda (hamstring) is doubtful. "I've been trying different options in training," said manager Di Matteo. "We will put some reserve team players on the bench, into the squad, and just figure out what to do." Luiz has not featured since 15 April, while England international Cahill has missed the last five games with a similar problem. After the session, Cahill said: "There's some work to be done in two or three days now leading up to the game for me to get back into it. "If I need to do a little bit of other training, I'll do that. "But, touch wood, there's no reaction from today. I felt fine out there." Luiz declared himself fit enough for Munich and said: "I'm so happy to return to tr ...
Chelsea boost as Luiz, Cahill train Chelsea's Champions League preparations were boosted on Tuesday as David Luiz and Gary Cahill returned to training but Florent Malouda remains "touch and go" for the Munich showpiece. Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo told a press conference that Luiz and Cahill -- who have not played for several weeks -- were ready to train again as they battle to be fit for Saturday's clash with Bayern Munich. Di Matteo is banking on Luiz and Cahill being available for selection, particularly as two pillars of his defence -- captain John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic -- are already missing through suspension. Luiz and Cahill would be given up until the day of the game to prove their fitness, Di Matteo said. "Gary and David are going to try to train with us today," Di Matteo said of the two centre-halves. However Di Matteo was less upbeat about Malouda, who limped off during Chelsea's Premier League victory over Blackburn on Sunday. "Flo, we'll still *** and it's going to be touch and .. ...
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To Kenny Daglish, why did you think we would have a chance of beating Chelsea when you insist on picking the wrong team? Spearing, Downing and Henderson in the midfield. Di Matteo must have been delighted before we even kicked off!!! Carroll from the start could have made all the difference, Maxi has impressed during victories over Chelsea in the league and cup this season and Dirk Kuyt will always give his all and is a man who has a World Cup final appearance on his CV. Does Henderson's CV compare to that? or Spearings??? Spearing.well...Spearing is a favourite of Dalglish, and it is good to see home-grown talent being given an opportunity, BUT he is a difficult player to categorise and to fit into any team in the Premier League even, never mind LFC ... he offers NOTHING. would any Premiership club buy him? So KENNY, it's time. We could finish in the bottom half here and that is NEVER GOOD ENOUGH FOR LFC
Chelsea return to our second home, Wembley Stadium, on Saturday for the FA Cup Final, with Liverpool standing between us and a first piece of silverware this season. The Blues are six-times winners of the oldest club competition in football and interim first-team coach Roberto Di Matteo scored the goals which secured two of those successes. Di Matteo netted after 43 seconds to set us on our way to victory against Middlesbrough in 1997, while he was also the hero three years later against Aston Villa in the last Cup Final played at the old Wembley. Chelsea also became the first side to win the Fa Cup at the new Wembley thanks to Didier Drogba's extra-time goal versus Manchester United and Frank Lampard's wonder goal against Everton secured the trophy in 2009. Drogba was the hero once again in 2010, scoring a sublime free-kick to see off Portsmouth and seal the first Double in the club's history. And, of course, let's not forget the first-ever triumph. One of the most epic Finals of all-time, which required ...
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ReaCTION: BRIMMING WITH BELIEF As the team continued its sprint finish down the home straight of this season, Roberto Di Matteo admitted the record 6-1 win over Queens Park Rangers matched his hopes more than his expectations. 'The vanquishing of Barcelona couldn't help but be fresh in minds and its effect on legs meant the interim first team coach again named a much-changed side, this time making six changes to the team sheet from Tuesday night's game in Spain. The Blues have done pretty well off the back of Champions League matches this season and nothing but a win on this return to league action would have sufficed. The response was emphatic - our biggest win ever over QPR. 'After a Champions League game midweek it always proves difficult in the next game in the Premier League,' acknowledged Di Matteo, 'and I am very pleased with the way we played and the result. 'I have to say the team surprised me as well and I wasn't expecting, I was hoping that we would really put a great performance in today. 'Eve ...
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listern to my player Fabregas, who joined the reigning European champions from the Gunners last summer, believes Chelsea now play more "long balls" under Di Matteo than under previous manager Andre Villas-Boas. However, the Spaniard concedes the Premier League outfit will prove a tricky opponent in the semi-final tie. "I follow the Premier League every weekend," said Fabregas. "They have changed radically. "What happened with Villas-Boas was they played more from the back, trying to keep possession and take the initiative in the game. But they've gone back to the type of Chelsea that was more successful a few years ago - playing on the counter, trying to hit the targetman, long balls, sitting back and using that No 9 as a reference point. "The game will be difficult. In recent games against Chelsea when I was at Arsenal and now with Barca, even though we kept possession it's hard to play against them. They counter very easily and Didier Drogba can score against you. So you have to be careful and aware of ...
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