Premier League & Roberto Di Matteo

The Premier League is an English professional league for association football clubs. 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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Premier League managers respond to sacking of Roberto Di Matteo
If the Premier League doesn't want Roberto Martinez, I'm sure someone can convince Horst Heldt to fire Di Matteo and grab him
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
Hazard is the Premier League's in-form player On Monday evening, Eden Hazard was one of various Chelsea players who shone, but his mazy dribbles weren’t quite effective enough to provide a decisive moment in the 1-0 victory over Manchester City. He was merely one of three effective midfield runners, each providing a different type of speed . On Saturday, Hazard was the main man. Oscar was back in the side, and Willian also played to ensure Chelsea had three "pure" attacking midfielders behind Samuel Eto'o (rather than two plus Ramires, who was rested having played more minutes this season than any other Chelsea outfielder). But there was only one man leading the charge. Hazard didn’t just drift inside and shoot repeatedly, he drifted across the width of the pitch, interchanging with Willian and Oscar freely, in a manner reminiscent of the tactics briefly deployed by Roberto Di Matteo at the start of last season. - Lythell: Chelsea hit top gear as rivals falter Everywhere the Belgian went, he was a thr ...
WHY Manchester United MIGHT WIN THE Champions League THIS SEASON In 2004-05, Liverpool looked decidedly average in the Premier League, losing games to teams including Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City (twice), Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace. But in the Champions League, a dream run took them past Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus, Chelsea and finally AC Milan to clinch the trophy in an extraordinary upset. Chelsea had a similar experience two years ago, managing only sixth place in the Premier League and firing Head Coach Andre Villas Boas along the way, before interim boss Roberto Di Matteo led a surge to the Champions League title, overcoming Barcelona in the semi-final and beating Bayern Munich – in Munich – in the Final. Hm top English teams having a bad domestic season, yet a good European one.sound familiar ?? Manchester United are having a bad domestic start of the season but still unbeaten in the Champions League. Watch out!
Andre Villas-Boas deserved more time to work with and develop the Tottenham Hotspur squad, Harry Redknapp said on the day his successor was fired as manager. Three heavy defeats in two months, the most recent a 5-0 mauling by Liverpoolat White Hart Lane on Sunday, resulted in the sack for Villas-Boas with his expensively-assembled team lying a disappointing seventh in the Premier League table. Spurs were also thrashed 6-0 at Manchester Citythree weeks ago and suffered the embarrassment of a 3-0 home defeat by struggling West Ham Unitedin October but Redknapp felt it was too early to jettison the young Portuguese. "I think people are over-reacting too quickly," he told Talksport Radio on Monday. "You lose a couple of games now and you're in trouble, it shouldn't be like that. "You either think somebody is good at their job or not and when you appoint someone you should give them time and let them do the job," added Redknapp, who is now in charge of Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers. "It's fa ...
Names linked to the West Brom job are Gianfranco Zola, Malky Mackay and Roberto Di Matteo but Villas-Boas has emerged as a shock candidate to take the job.If he does land his third managerial role in the Premier League, questions will have to be asked about whether he can motivate a squad short of confidence, manage a small budget and operate with less talent than he is accustomed to - given his track record. --AR
GET INVOLVED Andre Villas-Boas became the 19th manager to leave a club this season when he was sacked by Tottenham on Monday. His departure came after 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday - Spurs' worst at White Hart Lane in 16 years. But, Villas-Boas left with a win percentage of 53.7% in the league, which is the highest of any Spurs manager since the Premier League era began in 1992. He was the fifth Premier League manager to depart this season, stark contrast to the end of December 2012 when only two managers had gone - Mark Hughes at Queens Park Rangers and Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea - and there are undoubtedly others in the Premier League who will be glancing nervously over their shoulders. So are chairmen too quick to get rid? Is there too much desire for instant results over building for the future? Are the fans to blame for being too impatient? Have you say
West Brom sacked their Head Coach Steve Clarke last night after a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff that was the Premier League club's fourth in a row and left them in 16th places Roberto Di Matteo has been installed as the early bookies' favourite to replace Steve Clarke as West Brom manager. Swansea winger Nathan Dyer suffered a suspected fractured ankle against Norwich. Darren Fletcher is bacK... Defender John Terry, 33, is set for a new one-year contract at Chelsea after impressing boss Jose Mourinho. Newcastle are leading the chase for Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov. Ajax are trying to sign Thomas Ince - who could move to Holland, only entitling Blackpool to minor compensation. Derek Boateng is ready to quit Fulham in order to preserve his World Cup hopes.
Steve Clarke has spoken of his disappointment at being axed as West Brom manager, insisting he had "unfinished business" at the club. Clarke was sacked on Saturday evening after a fourth successive defeat left the side just two points above the drop zone. He had guided Albion to eighth in the Premier League last season - their highest top-flight finish for 30 years - and suggested expectations this term had been too high. In a statement released through the League Managers' Association, Clarke said: "I believe I have unfinished business at West Bromwich Albion Football Club so it is with deep regret that I was relieved of duties as Head Coach last night. "I could not have been better prepared for my first job in management after over 14 years' coaching experience learning from some of the great managers in the modern era. "It was certainly a challenge to succeed Roy Hodgson, having been appointed England manager, after he successfully guided the club to a 10th-place finish in 2011/12, after only securing ...
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Steve Clarke and his Assistant Manager have officially been placed on 'Gardening Leave' after WBA suffered a 4th successive defeat. Clarke guided the 'Baggies' to an 8th place finish last season, but after seven wins from 34 Premier League games during the calendar year, the board voted unanimously. Roberto Di Matteo has already been installed as favourite to replace the Former Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool and Newcastle coach.
Sunday Paper Review SUNDAY MIRROR Arsenal are planning a £22m January deal for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, because they think the Spanish side may pip them to Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Liverpool are monitoring Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez as a potential replacement for Suarez and Arsenal are also tracking the England new boy. Stoke manager Mark Hughes is planning to make a move for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott when the Transfer Window opens. Jose Mourinho was the 'Lucky One' after avoiding his first Premier League defeat as Chelsea boss at Stamford Bridge. Kevin Pietersen has made an emergency dash to Melbourne for a jab to save his Ashes tour. MAIL ON SUNDAY Martin Jol is on the brink of becoming the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season after Fulham's 4-0 thrashing at Fulham. Jol is set for crisis talks with owner Shahid Khan and Roberto Di Matteo and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are potential replacements. THE SUN ON SUNDAY David Beckham is set to be knighted in the New ...
Preview: Chelsea v West Brom, Premier League | Stamford Bridge | Sat 9 Nov | 3pm Billed as Friends reunited as Mourinho looks to kill off Chelsea’s seasonal curse. The lowdown November has been the month of nightmares for Chelsea in recent years – just ask Big Phil, Carlo Ancelotti, AVB and Roberto Di Matteo, who all found themselves with one foot out the door at Stamford Bridge following an unwanted autumn wobble. CHELSEA FORM Chelsea 3-0 Schalke (CL) Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea (Prem) Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea (LC) Chelsea 2-1 Man City (Prem) Schalke 0-3 Chelsea (CL) West Brom FORM WBA 2-0 Palace (Prem) Liverpool 4-1 WBA (Prem) Stoke 0-0 WBA (Prem) WBA 1-1 Arsenal (Prem) Man Utd 1-2 WBA (Prem) True to form, Jose Mourinho’s men kicked off the 11th month in sluggish fashion against Newcastle Last Saturday, losing 2-0 at St James’ Park to bring a fine run of form (eight wins and a draw in nine games) to an alarming halt. “I don’t believe in curses,” said Mourinho after the game. “I have no idea why it ...
Jose Mourinho nets Premier bonus after dodging drama in Europe Chelsea's return to winning ways may have come in Europe but it has given their Premier League hopes the lift they required following the defeat to Newcastle. A point away to Basle in a fortnight, a venue where they won 2-1 in the Europa League seven months ago, is all Chelsea need to guarantee a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. First place in the group should also then be secured with their final game at home to a mediocre Steaua Bucharest outfit. Twelve months ago, Chelsea were struggling and, ultimately, failing to stay in Europe’s premier club competition. The psychological blow of missing out not only ensured the departure of coach Roberto Di Matteo but also affected League form for months. Chelsea were under so much pressure on two fronts back then it took them even longer to recover from their annual November blip and champions Manchester United were out of sight by the time confidence returned. It was assumed things woul ...
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' ...
Nicklas Bendtner is set for his first Arsenal appearance since August 2011 against West Brom. Arsene Wenger will rest some of his key players, including Jack Wilshere, while Theo Walcott needs stomach surgery. West Brom's second-round hat-trick hero Saido Berahino is pushing for a start, having come off the bench in Saturday's win over Sunderland. His cause will be strengthened by the expected absence of injured strikers Shane Long and Matej Vydra. West Brom continued their recent record of bringing about a Premier League manager's demise when their 3-0 win over Sunderland resulted in Paolo Di Canio being sacked last weekend. Roberto Di Matteo, *** McCarthy, Andre Villas-Boas and now Di Canio have all departed after league defeats against the Baggies in the last 18 months. With approaching 20 years in the job and his side top of the Premier League, there'll be no such insecurity for Arsene Wenger at The Hawthorns. The Gunners' recent record against the Baggies - winning the last four meetings - will give ...
Sunderland players approached the club's chief executive Margaret Byrne to complain about manager Paolo Di Canio before the Italian's sacking. Di Canio held a heated team meeting on Sunday following the 3-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion. Afterwards senior players told Byrne that the situation had become untenable because of the Italian's "brutal and vitriolic" criticism of the squad. The Black Cats have only one point from five Premier League games this season. Former Chelsea and West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is the bookmakers' favourite to replace Di Canio, with Gus Poyet, Tony Pulis and Alex McLeish also in the running. Development coach Kevin Ball has taken caretaker charge of the first team and led training on Monday ahead of Tuesday's League Cup tie against Peterborough. Ball, who took over in 2006 for 10 games following *** McCarthy's departure, is ready for his second stint.
Since 2010, Paolo Di Canio, *** McCarthy, Roberto Di Matteo, Andre Villas-Boas and Chris Hughton were all sacked after defeats against West Brom in the Premier League. Even Ferguson called time on his Man Utd career after the ignominy of conceding 5 against us! We're surely not that bad!
SUNDERLAND MANAGER CONTENDERS Steve McClaren, Roberto Di Matteo, Gus Poyet and Roberto Mancini tipped to be in frame to replace sacked Paolo Di Canio Steve McClaren Ellis Short, Sunderland's owner, is not thought to have been a member of the former England coach's fan club but local betting patterns on Monday indicated the big money was on him. Based in North Yorkshire but commuting to QPR to help Harry Redknapp, McClaren understands the north-east and the Premier League. Won the League Cup at Middlesbrough and reached the Uefa Cup final. Assisted Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and won the Eredivisie at FC Twente. Lowlights include England, Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest but is a high-calibre coach likes passing football and would understand the mentality of a largely overseas squad. Verdict Short could do a lot worse. Roberto Di Matteo Led Chelsea to the European Cup in 2012 after being sacked by West Bromwich Albion. Likes good progressive football, has shown a pragmatic streak and would appeal ...
FOOTBALL- FACT: Since 2010, five Premier League managers have lost their jobs following defeats to West Brom. Chris Hughton was dismissed as Newcastle manager after a 3-1 defeat at The Hawthorns in December 2010, with *** McCarthy (Wolves), Andre Villas-Boas (Chelsea), Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea) and now Paolo Di Canio suffering a similar fate after losing to the Baggies.
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
SUNNIE SPORT UPDATE: Stoke set to appoint Hughes Mark Hughes will end his six-month exile from top-flight management and be confirmed asthe new Stoke City Manager on Wednesday, ESPN understands. Hughes concluded a second round of negotiations with the Stoke City chairman Peter Coates on Tuesday, following discussionsover the weekend, and appears set for a return to the Premier League as Tony Pulis' successor. Sources close to the club claim there has been significant progress in Stoke's bid to lure the 49-year-old to the Britannia Stadium, following his sacking by Queens Park Rangers last November. Hughes is expected to sign a one-year rolling contract after emerging as Coates' first choice following Pulis' dismissal last week. His proposed appointment has caused anger among some sections of the Stoke supporters, but Coates believes Hughes is a safe pair of hands as the club lookfor a smooth transition following the end of Pulis' seven-year reign. Stoke had also been linked with Roberto Martinez, Roberto ...
Chelsea Final Season Ratings . It's a bit long but Take a read. .Comment your thoughts .. Juan Mata: 9 At one point when the debate about Demba Ba and Fernando Torres escalated, and Rafa Benitez was asked whether he might play the two together, the manager immediately ruled it out as that would also involve taking Juan Mata away from his best position. That perfectly illustrates his importance. If the playmaker isn't there, Chelsea aren't the same team. He combines selfless industry with individual innovation to both help the side overcome many of their issues and also become better than what they are. That probably explains why, despite what will end up as a gruelling 69-game season, he has already appeared in 62 of those matches. The club's player of the season, and almost the Premier League's too. Branislav Ivanovic: 8 It speaks volumes of Ivanovic's evolution that he has gone from utility full-back to the club's first-choice centre-half. Even more impressively, he doesn't just keep the ball out at one ...
Daniel Sturridge is set to make his first England start on Wednesday night - and prove he is ready to spearhead the Three Lions' World Cup campaign. Five months after leaving Chelsea and being labelled a Stamford Bridge reject, the 23-year-old striker will be rewarded for his outstanding impact at Liverpool by starting against Ireland at Wembley. Sturridge was frozen out in his final nine months at Chelsea, starting just two matches this season under Roberto Di Matteo and not featuring at all for the Italian's replacement Rafa Benitez before his £15million move to the Anfield giants. But he made a blistering start to life at Anfield, contributing 12 goals in 16 appearances - including 10 in 14 Premier League outings. Sturridge had been played on the right - a position that caused friction when deployed in that role by Chelsea - but filled the void left by Luis Suarez when the Uruguayan frontman began his 10-game biting ban. The striker scored twice at Newcastle in the first game of Suarez's suspension, b ...
Rafael Benitez happy with reaction of Chelsea supporters- Chelsea FoR eVer Rafael Benitez believes he has won over a significant section of Chelsea's fans as he prepares to leave the club. The Former Liverpool manager was an unpopular appointment when he replaced Roberto Di Matteo in November. But the Blues won the Europa League and Sunday's 2-1 win over Everton confirmed third place in the Premier League and Champions League qualification. Benitez at Chelsea Played: 48 Won: 28 Drawn: 10 Lost: 10. "I received a lot of messages," said Benitez, who did not join the players for their lap of honour. "I was quite happy with the response of a lot of the fans. You can't change the opinion of everyone but a lot of people realise what we've tried to do. "You prefer people supporting the team and you, but if it's not the case you just try to do your job as well as you can." The Spaniard has declared himself satisfied with his achievements at Stamford Bridge in a campaign that stretched to 69 games. He added: "Winni ...
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Gianfranco Zola predicts more Chelsea success under Mourinho Gianfranco Zola hoping Jose Mourinho wins trophies once again at Chelsea Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes Jose Mourinho has all the credentials to take charge and succeed once again at Stamford Bridge. The Real Madrid chief is set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, and is red-hot favourite to take take the helm in West London once again. ‘The Special One’ has already enjoyed a fruitful spell with the Blues, winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup during his three-year reign. He was however, unable to win the Champions League for owner Roman Abramovich. Whilst Roberto Di Matteo did achieve that feat, he was axed the following year, and Rafa Benitez’s interim reign is now over at Chelsea. A vacancy has now been left to fill following the manager movement, and Zola is hoping Mourinho delivers the goods once again if he does get the nod as expected.. “Mourinho is certainly a man with gre ...
(THE PEOPLE) - Wayne Rooney believes he is being forced out of Manchester United after details of a training ground summit were leaked. - Roberto Di Matteo will be a leading candidate to take over at Fulham if Martin Jol leaves in the simmer. - Paris Saint-Germain have offered David Beckham the chance to extend his stay in the French capital. - Rafa Benitez has revealed he'd like to stay in the Premier League next season. - David Moyes has recommended Malky Mackay and Roberto Martinez as potential successors to him at Goodison Park. - Moyes is hoping to persuade Jimmy Lumsden to perform a U-turn on his decision to retire and join him at Old Trafford. -!Tottenham are making a £10m move for FA cup final star James McCarthy part of their summer spending spree. - Bolton boss Dougie Freedman could sell Matt Mills to fund a move for West Brom's Craig Dawson. Liverpool have held talks over signing young French defender Lucas Digne. - Hull want Burnley goal machine Charlie Austin to fire them to Premier League s ...
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 ...
FA CUP WITH BUDWEISER 5TH ROUND MIDDLESBROUGH VS CHELSEA These clubs first met in 1907; Chelsea have won 53 of the 113 games and Middlesbrough 31. They last clashed in the 2008-09 Premier League season, when Chelsea did the double and took their winning sequence to five since Middlesbrough's 2-1 home triumph in August 2006. Chelsea lead 2-1 in the FA Cup head-to-head standings, with the most significant tie being their 2-0 victory in the Wembley final in May 1997, when Roberto Di Matteo famously scored after 43 seconds, Ruud Gullit became the first foreign manager to win the cup, and Mark Hughes picked up a fourth winners' medal. A trip to Old Trafford awaits the winners, and a quarter-final tie against Manchester United on Saturday 9 March.
Warren Little It has been 10 tumultuous years, the greatest decade in Chelsea history. Three titles. Five Champions League semi-finals, capped by that night of glory in Munich last May. Four FA Cup triumphs. Two League Cup wins. Oh, and just the nine managers. But as Rafa Benitez sifted through the wreckage of his trip to the Etihad, the reality facing the Blues was stark. Locked into a fight to the finish for a top four slot, Chelsea now confront the most crucial three months since Roman Abramovich transformed the club into a global powerhouse. And if they do not win what Arsene Wenger controversially claimed as the "third trophy" then the entire future of the club will be changed. Benitez, confident in his own abilities, believed he was the man to transform Chelsea when he was parachuted into the seat still warm from Roberto Di Matteo's backside in November. Yet the results have not come. Where Di Matteo garnered 24 points from 12 Premier League games before being relieved of his command, Benitez has pi ...
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 ...
16 February 2013 12:40 Chelsea enquired about Malaga boss Pellegrini - agent By Matt Davis The Blues are interested in the Chilean coach, late of Real Madrid and Villarreal, who has taken los Boquerones to the round of 16 in their debut season in the Champions League The agent of Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that Chelsea have enquired about the availability of his client, as the Premier League club aim to find their successor to interim manager Rafael Benitez and long-term replacement for Roberto Di Matteo. Pellegrini has built his reputation in Europe over the last nine years at Villarreal, Real Madrid and - since 2010 - with los Boquerones, who have been forced to sell their main stars to help repay their debts, but are excelling so far in the Champions League in their debut season. His agent told El Mercurio: "Manuel has a contract with Malaga. I think that in April and May we will be clear about what will happen with his future. "Our first intention is to respect our commitment, but it a ...
Gossip Gang : 1. Barcelona will land Neymar for €50m in summer and would force striker David Villa to leave the Camp Nou. 2. Tottenham are fearing a late Premier League charge from London rivals Arsenal- Spurs French keeper Hugo Lloris 3. Ex-Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu hits out at Roman Abramovich over sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.
  Frank Lampard scored his 198th Chelsea goal in the 4-1 victory over Wigan which ended a four-match winless run and eased the pressure on interim boss Rafael Benitez. When Eden Hazard scored after 56 minutes, doubling the advantage provided by Ramires' 23rd-minute opener, Chelsea appeared to be cruising towards three points and a return to third place in the Premier League. But Shaun Maloney seized on yet another defensive mistake to halve the deficit and the relegation-threatened visitors might have had a penalty when Ronnie Stam's shot struck Ashley Cole on the arm. Again it fell to Lampard, whose future is uncertain, to save the Blues, his 86th-minute third moving him within four of Bobby Tambling's club goalscoring record of 202 before substitute Marko Marin added a stoppage-time fourth. After three wins in the previous 10 matches in all competitions, finally Benitez has more Premier League points than his predecessor, Roberto Di Matteo, whom he replaced in November, albeit in two more games. It is ...
- Chelsea have won six of their last seven home matches against Wigan in all competitions. -The Blues have won just two of their last five league games, with two draws and a defeat leaving their grip on third place in doubt. -Wigan only have one win in their last 12 Premier League games. -The Latics have scored at least two goals in their last three league matches, but have also conceded at least two goals in those games. -Rafa Benitez has 22 points from 13 Premier League games; Roberto Di Matteo was sacked with 24 from 12 matches. -Juan Mata has been involved in 18 goals (nine goals, nine assists) in 20 starts for Chelsea this season. -Wigan have drawn three of their last four games, including a 90th minute equaliser against Southampton last weekend. -The two teams are 9/1 to draw 1-1 with bet365. But Let;s Pray For CHelsea
22 - Rafa Benitez has taken two points fewer from his 12 Premier League games this season than Roberto Di Matteo did from his (24). Edged.
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 ...
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 ...
Friday's 'Media News' 8) ...Mark Norwich City have lodged a £5m bid to sign Celtic forward Gary Hooper. (The Sun) Mark McGhee will be confirmed as new Scotland coach Gordon Strachan's assistant on Monday. (The Herald) Former Everton and Rangers striker Duncan Ferguson says his resentment towards the Scottish FA in the wake of his 12-match ban for assaulting a fellow player cost him the chance to win over 100 caps and become Scotland's top scorer. (Daily Record) Derek McInnes is the favourite to succeed Peter Houston as Dundee United manager at the end of the season. (The Sun) Meanwhile, Houston fears for United's future, with budget cuts predicted for next season. (Daily Express) Nottingham Forest could offer former SFA and Rangers chief executive Gordon Smith a role at the City Ground after parting with their chief executive, chief scout and club ambassador. (The Sun) Aston Villa are lining up Roberto Di Matteo as a replacement for Paul Lambert if their plummet down the Premier League table continues. ( ...
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Pep Guardiola's snub for Roman Abramovich reveals the fatal flaw at the heart of his Chelsea Empire On the Football Association’s 150th birthday Pep Guardiola praised the English game and then kicked it where it hurts, rejecting Chelsea to join Bayern Munich. Hearts were all aflutter when he declared his love for the Premier League, then broken when he pledged his future to Bavaria. Here at the Bridge of sighs, there was no great surprise when Guardiola elected not to stand at the wrong end of Roman Abramovich’s itchy trigger finger. The Chelsea crowd have become unshockable. They have seen Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo take a Russian bullet and have given up trying to decipher what might happen next. Only in their wildest fantasies could they have entertained the hope that Guardiola would leave his apartment off Central Park to step into such volatility. There was always a faint hope that Abramovich’s money would do the trick again. It worked with Fernando Torres, right? Chel ...
'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 ...
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 ...
Premier League, Stamford Bridge - Chelsea 0 QPR 1 (Wright-Phillip­s 78) Shaun Wright-Phillips­ returned to haunt Chelsea as the Premier League's bottom side QPR pulled off a sensational 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. The winger, a first-half substitute for the injured Junior Hoilett, smashed a low strike into the far corner on 78 minutes to stun the Blues after man-of-the-matc­h Adel Taarabt laid off a brilliant ball for the Former Chelsea player. QPR stay bottom on goal difference and remain five points from safety, but Rs fans will hope that such an unexpected and uplifting derby win will give Harry Redknapp's men a fighting chance of survival. The recent goodwill of Chelsea fans towards Rafael Benitez, meanwhile, could be at an end after a demoralising defeat. The Spaniard, who received a lousy reception when appointed to replace Roberto Di Matteo, had turned things around recently. However his decision to rotate his squad against the Premier League's bottom side, with Marko Marin making his first leag ...
Chelsea's Juan Mata keen to carry on playing after reaching landmark at Norwich- Juan Mata has told Rafa Benitez he is fit enough to keep playing despite reaching a landmark number of games at Norwich. The Spaniard's Boxing Day appearance was his 29th of the season and a 50th in the Premier League since his arrival from Valencia in the summer of 2011. Benitez has publicly claimed several players were overplayed by Roberto Di Matteo early in the season, but Mata continues to flourish and his winning goal at Carrow Road was a 13th in all competitions this term. And he said: "I want to play more, I want to keep playing, keep training, keep enjoying this club and this Premier League. "I'm very happy with how it's going - the season - for me and for the team and I just have to keep working." Chelsea are on a three-match winning run in the Premier League and sit 11 points off the top with a game in hand on the teams above them. Mata said: "These three points gave to us a lot of confidence to be closer to the Ma ...
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 ...
My Epl Preview : West Bromwich Albion vs Norwich City : Both teams were pushing for promotion to the Premier League, and often being no more than a couple of points apart in pursuit of not only the Top Flight, but the Division One title too. Ultimately we both reached the Prem, but whilst we won the league, it was the Baggies who would stay up the following season and Nigel Worthington's sorry yellows who were relegated. Since then, Albion have been something of a yo-yo team until the last couple of seasons where they've finally knuckled down and consolidated. And they've been playing some good football too. Roberto Di Matteo was unlucky to get the boot initially, but he certainly laid the foundations for them to push on. Roy Hodgson replaced him, and despite a tough tenure at Anfield in the months prior, he helped the team keep up the good work and finish strongly in the division. Steve Clarke has led them on a fun journey since taking over in the summer, where the West Midlands outfit have been in the t ...
It had been only April when Marko Marin agreed on the transfer to Premier League giants Chelsea but getting received just twenty minutes under Roberto Di Matteo with the opening two several weeks of year, is regarded as searching at new choices for his future.
*Roberto Di Matteo has been named Swiss Manager of the year. * Chelsea & Liverpool target Gomis flattered by Premier League interest * Wenger: Gervinho will not be rushed back after African Cup Of Nations * Prandelli: Sacking coaches has become a 'badhabit' * New York Red Bulls sign Juninho Pernambucano * Villas-Boas heaps praise on 'tactically perfect' Tottenham * Carlos Bianchi returns to Boca Juniors for third coaching stint * Bayer Leverkusen sign Arkadiusz Milik * Delio Rossi named Sampdoria coach * Wenger delighted by 'convincing' Arsenal win * Kahn: Dortmund miss the squad depth to challenge on three fronts * Roger Espinoza set to join Wigan * AC Ajaccio sack coach Alex Dupont *Puyol: Real Madrid will fight to the end * Fellaini given three-match ban for Shawcross headbutt * Zenit supporters' group warns against buying black or *** players * Ancelotti: What Nene does outside of training is not my problem * Zubizarreta: Villa has given a lot to Barca and will continue to do so * Giroud: Wenger is th ...
Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after being frozen out by Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez, playing only 1 Premier League game this season. In recent weeks he has been touted for a move to Liverpool, some sources saying that it is a ‘done deal’, signing for £12million. He scored 11 Premier League goals last season, the same amount as Luis Suarez and 13 goals in all competitions, which for a winger, is impressive. Sturridge is known for his pace, dribbling ability, passing, powerful long shots and being predominantly left-footed. Former Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas said, “Daniel offers a few of the characteristics I had with Hulk when I was with him in Porto… He is an extremely quick player, and he has technique at pace.” I believe he would be a good addition to the side playing on the right side of a front three with Suarez and Sterling but for £12million he has to hit the ground running if he does sign. A downside to Sturridge is that he is a gre ...
It is somewhat surprising dat only two Premier League managers – Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes – have fallen on their swords thus far
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 ...
Premier League, Stamford Bridge - Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0. Rafa Benitez's Chelsea earned a point against champions Manchester City but he was subjected to remarkable abuse from his new supporters as his first game as manager ended in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. A significant number of disaffected Chelsea fans chanted "f*** off Benitez, you're not welcome here" in the opening minutes as they made their feelings about Roberto Di Matteo's dismissal, and the decision to replace him with the Former Liverpool manager, explicitly clear to Roman Abramovich. Other Chelsea supporters held up 'Rafa Out' signs and chanted in support of his predecessor as the Spaniard endured one of the most hostile starts to a managerial reign in recent memory. It was only marginally better on the pitch as Chelsea struggled to create any noteworthy chances against City, with Fernando Torres a constant disappointment after his restoration to the starting XI in Benitez's first team selection. The draw means City sit one point be ...
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 ...
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Chelsea - Manchester City Betting Preview: Benitez's arrival may bring a tight game An eventful week for both clubs took a new twist when the Blues unveiled Rafa Benitez as their interim manager. Adam Bate thinks that will impact the betting for Sunday's game By Adam Bate Nov 25, 2012 1:23:00 PM If Aguero scores the last goal, Paddy Power will refund all losing First/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match. It’s been just another ordinary week in the lives of two extraordinary football clubs. Premier League champions Manchester City were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage for the second consecutive season. And while European Champions Chelsea still have a slight chance of qualification, their 3-0 defeat at Juventus saw Roberto Di Matteo axed and immediately replaced by Rafa Benitez. The arrival of the Spaniard puts an interesting slant on Sunday’s league meeting between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge. Will the Blues enjoy an immediate upturn in fortunes f ...
Am enjoying the recent drama going on in EPL (English Premier League) sacking of incompetent or failed coaches depend on what you decide to call it, Roberto Di Matteo was sack as Chelsea Manager and Mark Hughes was also sack as Queens Park Rangers Manager. Guess who is next? I guess it’s the turn of Roberto Mancini of Manchester City FC, kudos to Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal FC for keeping their job for several years till date.
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 ...
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?
"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
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 ...
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 ...
Rafa Benitez confirms interest in job after he emerged as the favourite to succeed Roberto Di Matteo.
It weird that on the day Roberto Di Matteo was fired as Chelasea, Jose "the Special One" landed in England with his Real Madrid to take on Premier League champions Man City
Mark Hughes is favourite to be first premier league manager sacked and its was Roberto Di Matteo, would be 45-1 to 60-1!
HEADIES: * AS Roma coach, Zdenek Zeman has defend himself as the pressure continue to grow on his team after their slow start to the season. * Atletico Madrid defeats Granada 1-0 to stay on 2nd position behinde Barcelona. * Arsene Wenger says that Theo Walcott will stay at the Emirates until the end of the season even if he does not agrees to a new contract by christmas. * Roberto Di Matteo says he may drop Fernando Torres for UCL clash against Juventus in tuesday. * Marseille coach, Baup Elie has blamed his team 1-0 loss to Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on their busy schedule. * Jordan De Guzman thrilled to have scored his 1st Premier League for Swansea City against Newcastle United. * Mirko Vucinic is a doubt for Juventus UCL clash against Chelsea because he first had injury, and then illness. * Massimo Allegri is glad of the Milan point, but warns that Milan needs to grow up. * Juventus midfielder, Claudio Marchisio has warned Chelsea that they face a rejuvinated Juventus on tuesday in Turin. * Vincent Kompany h ...
Shane Long's exemplary attacking display in West Brom's impressive home win over Chelsea was in stark contrast to the forlorn figure leading the Blues' frontline. Fernando Torres trudged off 28 minutes from the end of another frustrating afternoon, just when Chelsea were desperately chasing salvation and in dire need of a goal. The fact manager Roberto Di Matteo chose to chase without his £50m centre-forward speaks volumes about the Spaniard's contribution. While Long was dangerous, direct and devilish throughout, Torres was a fringe participant who once again flattered to deceive. This season there have still been flashes of the brilliance which terrorised Premier League defences up and down the country during his devastating three-and-a-half-year spell at Liverpool. Troubled Torres The Spaniard scored 65 goals in 91 Premier League starts for Liverpool but has only managed 11 in 40 for Chelsea. But the consistency and supreme confidence seem to have vanished and the "fit" at Stamford Bridge somehow rema ...
0 Dislike Getty Images Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo believes that his squad have sufficient depth to cope with participating in the Club World Cup. The Blues qualified for the tournament by virtue of last season's Champions League victory but must juggle taking part with their commitments in Europe, the Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup. DON'T MISS Torres may be finished at Chelsea - Gullit Chelsea criticised over Clattenburg allegations Falcao dreams of move abroad Buck: Chelsea had to report Clattenburg But Di Matteo says that his side have the quality to handle all four competitions, despite the extra trophy requiring a trip to Japan in December. CHELSEA LATEST 14/1 Chelsea are 14/1 with William Hill to beat West Brom 3-1 "It will certainly put a big strain on the team, because it is a trip to the other side of the world with different time zones while the Premier League is still playing on," the Blues manager told reporters. "We will have to deal with that. But we have got a big enough squa ...
Atletico Madrid sensation Radamel Falcao is closing in on a move to Chelsea after the Stamford Bridge side opened informal talks over a £48.1m January bid, according to Goal.com. The Colombian international has also been a long-term for Manchester City, but Chelsea club executives, acting under the approval of Roman Abramovich, have confirmed their intention to activate the striker's €60m (£48.1m) release clause when the Transfer Window reopens in January. And Goal.com reports Falcao has reciprocated the interest, making it clear that he is willing to discuss terms with Roberto Di Matteo's side. Chelsea have reportedly made Falcao a contract offer, and the Colombian is thought to have agreed a deal in principle with the European Champions that would make him one of the highest paid players in the Premier League. Di Matteo currently has just two senior strikers to choose from, and neither has found the back of the net with any regularity this season. £50m striker Fernando Torres has started this campa ...
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Neymar 'almost signed' for Chelsea Neymar is happy at Santos. (©GettyImages) By Paul Bailey givemefootball.com, Tue 13 November 2012 11.43 Santos were 'almost certain' Neymar would be sold to Chelsea, but now think the Brazil superstar could stay in South America beyond 2014, reports Sky Sports. The 20-year-old forward has long been linked with a move to Europe, with La Liga giants Barcelona having also been outlined as a potential destination for one of world football's brightest prospects. Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo was heavily linked with a bid to bring Neymar to Stamford Bridge in the summer, as Roman Abramovich sought to overhaul an ageing squad in West London, by bringing in a number of the game's most promising young talents. Chelsea completed a £20million deal for Oscar, adding to a growing contingent of Brazilians at the club, with David Luiz, Ramires, and academy product Lucas Piazon already plying their trades with the Premier League outfit.
Chelsea failed to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester United as Luis Suarez's equaliser gave Liverpool a point at Stamford Bridge. Captain John Terry headed the Blues an early lead but was then taken off on a stretcher after appearing to sustain a serious knee injury in an accidental first- half collision with Suarez. Oscar and Juan Mata were guilty of missing clear chances to emphasise Chelsea's obvious superiority and, with 18 minutes remaining, Roberto Di Matteo's side paid the price when Suarez headed in his 11th goal of the season after Jamie Carragher flicked on Suso's corner. Suarez was on target for the fourth successive away league game - further illustrating his vital importance to a Liverpool team that enjoys plenty of possession but, apart from the Uruguayan, carries too little threat. For Chelsea, this was a disappointment that leaves them three points adrift of United and fearing that influential captain Terry could now be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Liverpool rev ...
Chelsea consider Torres swap deal for Atletico Madrid striker. Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao could be on his way to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will have to offer Fernando Torres back to Atletico Madrid to clinch the signing of Radamel Falcao, according to the Daily Star. The Colombian striker is rated at £45million, with his prolific form for the La Liga outfit making him one of the most wanted players in world football at the moment. Roberto Di Matteo faces fierce competition for the 26-year-old's future, with big-spending Paris Saint Germain - managed by former Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti - and reigning Premier League champions Manchester City both monitoring his situation. However, the Daily Star Sunday has been told that the Spanish club would prefer a deal which would see them re-sign Torres as a ready-made replacement at the Vicente Calderon Stadium. Torres made his name at Atletico - where he scored 75 goals in 174 league appearances - before moving to Liverpool, from where he made ...
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo believes the Premier League is putting the health of his player's at risk ahead of Sunday's clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Roberto Di Matteo accused the Premier League of risking Chelsea's Club World Cup hopes and his players' health after it refused to postpone the club's Premier League game against Sunderland.
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 ...
Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed Ashley Cole will miss his side’s Premier League clash with Liverpool this weekend.
Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed Ashley Cole will remain absent for Sunday's visit of Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.
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 ...
PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V Manchester United TACTICAL BRIEF The Premier League's top two meet at the Bridge for the second time in four days, but both teams are likely to have very different personnel. Key battles Neither manager would have picked the exact same team even before Sunday's bruising (physically and psychologically) encounter in the league, but Roberto Di Matteo now knows red-carded Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres have joined John Terry in being ruled out through suspension. The Blues were already coping without skipper Terry, and the other two have natural replacements in the dynamic Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back and hungry young striker Danny Sturridge - both arguably worthy of a start in the Premier League anyway. Of the two the Spaniard, who came on as a sub on Sunday, is the one who may have most to take in tactically. Sir Alex Ferguson's 4-4-1-1 formation at the weekend, with wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young - in his first start for two months - was expressly design ...
Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres will miss out for Chelsea after being sent off against Manchester United in the 3-2 Premier League defeat on Sunday. Club captain John Terry is still banned after receiving a four-match suspension for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. Frank Lampard (calf) has no set return date, and will probably miss out on a chance to claim a starting position under Roberto Di Matteo. Manchester United are still without captain Nemanja Vidic (knee) and Phil Jones (knee), while Chris Smalling (metatarsal) is likely to be in contention for a place against Arsenal on Saturday. Sir Alex Ferguson may stick with the back line which featured against Newcastle in the last round of the Capital One Cup, with Scott Wooton, Michael Keane, Alexander Buttner and Marnick Vermijl set to feature. Shinji Kagawa is definitely out for the visitors after picking up a knee injury against Braga.
Can anyone sensibly explain why Roberto Di Matteo is preparing to offer John Obi Mikel a new five year contract? Chelsea have started this year in cracking form, dropping two points in the Premier League after eight games, so it's difficult to pick holes in their side. Unless you look closely, that ...
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.
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...
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"Shinji twisted his knee," revealed the boss. "We had to take him off. He struggled on for 20 minutes after he got the injury. We'll *** it in the morning as it's too early to say what the damage is. "I was confident the diamond would be important for us but, when you're 2-0 down, it's easy for them to kill the game by playing it out wide. So we had to change things with Nani on the right and [Wayne] Rooney on the left. Kagawa's injury forced my hand to play Nani as a wide player and it made a difference in terms of their possession." Anders Lindegaard will definitely miss Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea to face Roberto Di Matteo's table-topping team. "Anders hurt his thumb on Sunday morning in training," admitted Sir Alex. "He should be okay in a week's time but he won't be available for the weekend."
Gary Cahill and Petr Cech also feature for Roberto Di Matteo's table-toppers, with double-goalscorers Edin Dzeko and Wayne Rooney included after wins for Manchester City and United
Carl Jenkinson says Arsenal have taken heart from Chelsea's Champions League success last term, and believe they can go all the way this season. The Gunners' impressive start to the season was checked by defeat to Roberto Di Matteo's side in the Premier League on Saturday, but the former Charlton man is eyeing success this term. Arsenal have had a much-publicised seven-year trophy drought but insists the north Londoners can win Europe's top trophy, if they maintain their focus.
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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 says Chelsea must 'move on' from the Didier Drogba era! Click to read more: [from GMF]
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 ...
Suddenly, we have reached the stage where the Premier League might just start to reveal the path it will follow over the next nine months. Both managers on Saturday at Emirates Stadium - Arsène Wenger of Arsenal and Roberto Di Matteo of Chelsea - will rightly deny the negative significance of a defeat. And, publicly at least, they would temper the inevitable over-enthusiasm borne from a victory. But surely, deep down, it would appreciably strengthen the belief that their side can challenge for the title. Both could do with the boost as neither side were truly involved last season. Arsenal recovered to finish in a creditable third place while Chelsea slipped to sixth in the end. Albeit, Wenger argues, they were preoccupied with two other competitions. "Yes it was the first time for a long time they dropped out of the top four," said the manager. "They had a very successful year in the cups and of course a disappointing one in the Premier League but at some stage, when you are in both cups, it can affect y ...
Roberto Di Matteo insisted everyone deserved a second chance after John Terry was found guilty of using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand.
Arsenal have the edge over Chelsea as Wenger prepares to challenge for honours once more Roberto Di Matteo has a first XI littered with talent but the Gunners have options and quality in all positions to mount a fight for silverware over the course of 2012-13 campaign Sep 28, 2012 11:55:00 AM COMMENT By Oliver Platt Twelve months is a long time in the Premier League. It has proved especially so for Chelsea, who have changed their manager, found space in their trophy cabinet for the European Cup and initiated the process of developing a whole new identity that more closely matches owner Roman Abramovich's taste. Things have changed at Arsenal, too. That their financial results for 2011-12 revealed a pre-tax profit of £36.6 million was not a surprise but the response has changed. Now, the fight of Alisher Usmanov and others seems muted. Arsenal may be charging their supporters a minimum of £62 to watch the match against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and by all means something must be done to ...
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Roberto Di Matteo shrugged off the implications of Roman Abramovich's latest visit to Chelsea's training ground, insisting he was more than happy to see the Russian there.
21-09-2012 The second of a trilogy of home games is nearly upon us as Italian opposition is replaced by the team from the Potteries. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton watch the wheel turn… TALKING POINTS From defending champions to unbeaten league leaders as we seamlessly switch competitions. This weekend's opponents have had a blank week in which to prepare while Chelsea suffered the disappointment of surrendering a two-goal lead against a very good Juventus side. That result means Roberto Di Matteo 's team havenot won in three matches, though Chelsea are six points better off compared to the corresponding Barclays Premier League games in 2011/12, with three clean sheets where last season there were none. The manager will be concerned that lapses in concentration are hurting the Blues at present, and Stoke are fully licensed members of the awkward squad. However, Chelsea have won all four Premier League meetings with them at the Bridge, notching up 12 goals to the Potters' ...
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:Chelsea Fc vs Juventus LIVE Commentary Uefa Champions League Chelsea Fc 2 vs 1 Juventus In Progress — 73′ September 19, 2012 7:45 PM WAT Stamford Bridge — London Referee: Pedro Proença 31′ Oscar Arturo Vidal 38′ 33′ Oscar Preview Team News Play by Play Lineups & Stats LIVE Commentary Main Events 69′ Substitution Ramires Ryan Bertrand Ramires makes way for Bertrand, which may prove to be a bizarre decision as Oscar lies on the ground receiving treatment for a stamp on theachilles. 67′ Jon Obi Mikel has given the ball away and Juventus are starting to dominate possession. Ryan Bertrand's arrival is imminent. Roberto Di Matteo's side arelooking vulnerable at the moment. 66′ Yellow Card Arturo Vidal 66′ Marchisio latches onto a somewhat fortunate through-ball but David Luiz gets there just in time to block what would have been a tough shot to save for Petr Cech. Brilliant defending. 63′ Giovinco has a better attempt now though as he brings down a lofted through ball brilliantly on the ...
Fernando Torres - Chelsea The Chelsea striker insists he's put a difficult start to his Stamford Bridge career behind him, and he's made a promising start to the Premier League season. Roberto Di Matteo lacks options up front, so Fernando Torres will need to be firing on all cylinders if Chelsea are to successfully defend their Champions League trophy.
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The Uefa Champions League's power to surprise was illustrated perfectly by the hazards Chelsea negotiated to claim the prize owner Roman Abramovich craved most last season. On the brink against Napoli, Abramovich sacked Andre Villas-Boas and handed the levers to his right-hand man Roberto Di Matteo to take control of an unlikely journey to success. Survival against Napoli and victory against Benfica acted only as the starter for the main courses of victory over holders and overwhelming favourites Barcelona - achieved largely without the ball - and ultimate triumph on penalties against Bayern Munich in their own Allianz Arena. As the journey starts again for holders Chelsea this week, Premier League champions Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Scottish champions Celtic will be aiming to go as far as they can. Here's my assessment of their chances... Celtic have been handed a group packed with glamour such as Barcelona and Benfica as well as Spartak Moscow. Even the most optimistic of followers ...
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London – Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed John Terry and Ashley Cole are expected to take part in the potentially explosive pre-match handshake with QPR's Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road on Saturday.
All across Europe,clubs scrambled for the signatures of players and also to finalise deals in order to beat the Transfer Window deadline, which got shut not quite long ago. The most surprising move of the day, was the sensational reunion of Michael Essien with former manager Jose Mourinho,with the Ghanaian midfielder leaving Chelsea at the last minute,to complete a season-long loan move to Real Madrid. Essien was believed to be angling for a move to Arsenal,but Roberto Di Matteo was unwilling to sell him to their rivals. Also Clint Dempsey,finally left Fulham and completed a move to Tottenham with both Liverpool and Aston Villa ,believed to have tabled bids for the American. Former Bulgarian striker, Dimitar Berbatov equally completed a switch from Manchester United to Fulham in a deal worth 5 Million Pounds. The busiest of the Premier league clubs today was Manchester City,who completed the signing of four players on transfer deadline day. City earlier on signed Scott Sinclair from Swansea,and followed i ...
Chelsea All Chelsea’s dealings involved players leaving the club, Roberto Di Matteo rightly happy with the business already concluded. Eden Hazard, Oscar and Cesar Azpilicueta all excellent young signings. On deadline day Essien left for Real Madrid, Yossi Benayoun departed for West Ham while highly-rated youngster Nathaniel Chalobah joined Gianfranco Zola’s Watford on loan. Finally, Gael Kakuta will spend the season on loan with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem. Elsewhere in the Premier League, QPR were by far the busiest across the Transfer Window, signing 12 new players, and on deadline day they brought in Stephane Mbia from Marseille and Sam Magri from Portsmouth. Former-club captain Joey Barton joined Marseille on loan. Premier League new-boys Southampton broke their transfer record to sign highly-rated Uruguayan winger Gaston Ramirez for a fee in the region of £12m, beating Liverpool and Spurs to the punch. Who do you think did the best business on transfer deadline day? Leave your comment in the box ...
"Michael Essien. Two words that used to strike fear into every pretty footed midfielder that would come to the Premier League thinking they can twinkletoe their way through every defence that every English team could put up against him only to find the Essienator in front of them, and then above them, as they writhed in agony on the ground having being handed the role of victim No408 in the Essitron's production of The Reducers. Well, that was 2007 and this 2012. Nowadays, Essien can hardly make it off the Chelsea bench without suffering some sort of knee-gah! or thigh-ouch! meaning the Chelsea assistant team-picker Roberto Di Matteo has had to drape an arm around Essien's drooping shoulders and tell him, in his very polite, softly-softly approach that the Bridge is over, the Bridge is over, for him. But the bad news does not stop there for the midfielder. It turns out the only club that are interested in paying the his medical bills are Chelsea's former rivals, Arsenal. Expect Essien to be hobbling on cr ...
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Falcao ready for Super Cup clash with Chelsea following hat-trick against Athletic Bilbao Los Rojiblancos overcame their Basque opponents in emphatic manner thanks in no small part to the Colombia international, who is overjoyed with his team's state of readiness The 26-year-old is now thinking only of adding the European Super Cup to his consecutive Europa League winner's medals, as he targets victory over continental champions Chelsea on Friday. "I am very happy with the game we just won," Falcao gushed to AS. "Our play during the victory was overwhelming." "I have always said I was happy with Atletico Madrid, and now want to exceed the number of goals I managed in my first season in Spain. "The team is happy and well, and we will be going to try and win Super Cup this Friday." Falcao will indeed have to keep up his scoring form if the Primera Division outfit are to fancy their chances of overcoming Roberto Di Matteo's men. The Stamford Bridge side have managed three straight victories in their opening ...
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has declared his side will go all out to win the UEFA Super Cup on Friday.
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 ...
Having watched his side turn the table on Newcastle from last season's home game, Roberto Di Matteo spread praise equally between his attacking and his defensive players... 25-08-2012 A first Chelsea goal for Eden Hazard and a Fernando Torres effort ensure the Blues remain top of the Premier League..
A few predictions for this season with Supreet Cj Johal... *Luis Suarez will surpass his record total of dives, screams and rolls from last season. *John Terry will shag Eden Hazard's girlfriend. *Stewart Downing will beat his girlfriend more times than he will a defender. *Celtic will win the Scottish Premier League. *Lionel Messi will retire from football because it's just too easy for him. *Liverpool fans will be convinced that they will certainly win the league next season. *Roberto Di Matteo will be sacked. *Ronaldo will change his haircut 354,600 times during the season. *Tito Vilanova to have eye surgery after getting poked by Mourinho again. *Chelsea will win a treble when RDM is sacked and Abramovich takes charge *Howard Webb will award a last minute penalty for Man United against City at Old Trafford.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is looking forward to working with soon-to-be-signed Victor Moses
The versatile forward was on the receiving end of four unsuccessful bids by the European Champions but Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has finally caved in. Wigan confirmed they had given Chelsea permission to speak to Moses and the move looks set to go through 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 Roberto 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. The former Crystal Palace man has played for England at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 level but has since pledged his allegiance to the country of his birth, Nigeria, and is now in their senior plans.
Chelsea survive Reading scare Chelsea survived an almighty scare to beat promoted Reading 4-2 in a topsy-turvy Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. The European Champions appeared to be cruising when Frank Lampard converted an 18th-minute penalty to cap a dominant early spell for the hosts. But a Pavel Pogrebnyak header - his first goal for the club - levelled on 25 minutes, with the Championship champions edging ahead soon afterwards when a blunder from Petr Cech allowed Danny Guthrie to open his Reading account. Chelsea were struggling and looked bereft of ideas but, after a smart tactical switch by Roberto Di Matteo midway through the second half, they drew level when another goalkeeping error from Adam Federici saw Gary Cahill net from distance. The West London side then took the lead in controversial circumstances with 10 minutes remaining when an offside-looking Fernando Torres tapped in Ashley Cole's low cross after a lovely passing move. Reading went gung *** in search of a late equaliser and, ...
Football:Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo admits he can see similarities between new playmaker Eden Hazard, 21, and former Blues star Gianfranco Zola. Belgian Hazard, signed for a reported £32m from Lille, enjoyed an outstanding Premier League debut for Chelsea, setting up both goals against Wigan. "Gianfranco was a wonderful talent, an artist - Eden might become an artist as well," said Chelsea boss Di Matteo. "After one game, it's probably a bit too early, but he had a good start." Di Matteo continued: "It certainly gives him and the others confidence, starting with a new club like that. "He's a talented man, a talented young boy. We'll have to see how he grows into a man, and how quickly he will be an important player for Chelsea." Current Watford manager Zola, 46, enjoyed a glittering seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge. Although midfielder Hazard has a long way to go to reach the Italian's level, his incisive pass to Branislav Ivanovic for the opener against Wigan and the mesmerizing skill with which ...
Ramires returns to the fold for Wednesday night's Barclays Premier League clash against Reading at Stamford Bridge, with Roberto Di Matteo suggesting there could be changes to the line-
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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Manchester City began the new Premier League season the way they ended the last, coming back from 2-1 down at home to record a 3-2 victory, this time over Southampton. - Jolly: City win at a cost - Mancini on Aguero - Team of the Week - Photo gallery - Sat: Nightmare for Rodgers City dominated the opening period and, after David Silva had missed a penalty, eventually got their reward when Carlos Tevez beat Kelvin Davis at his near post, having been played in by Samir Nasri. There was some bad news for Roberto Mancini's men, however, as Sergio Aguero was stretchered off with a knee problem. The hosts wasted a glut of chances at the beginning of the second half, and were punished when substitute Rickie Lambert equalised with a composed first-time strike. Southampton went into dreamland shortly afterwards when, following a mistake from City debutant Jack Rodwell, Steven Davis found the net at the end of a counter- attack. But City, who left it so late before beating QPR 3-2 to take the Premier League title ...
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New Chelsea signing Eden Hazard played a starring role as the European Champions got their Premier League campaign off to a bright start with a 2-0 victory at Wigan. It went from bad to worse for the hosts just five minutes later, when Hazard was hauled down by the struggling Ramis in the penalty area and referee Mike Jones pointed to the spot. Frank Lampard powered the penalty past Ali Al Habsi to fire Roberto Di Matteo's men two goals ahead and despite their best efforts, the Latics were unable to respond. Roberto Martinez's side dominated much of the rest of the game and pressed hard for a goal, with Chelsea target Victor Moses, former Blue Franco Di Santo and new striker Arouna Kone all forcing decent saves from Petr Cech, but they could not make the breakthrough
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Chelsea FC manager Roberto Di Matteo is ready to continue his summer spending as he continues to be linked with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Hulk, but insists he will not pay over the odds for new players
The target: Premier League title I believe that the board will set their standards very high again and will want the title and to challenge in Europe. Realistically, I'd be happy with a good strong run in the Champions League and a solid run for the Premier League - we at least need to be up there with the top three this season as opposed to chasing them. It'll take time to gel, and with a lot of new signings, it's not going to happen overnight despite Roman Abramovich's high expectations and hunger to be owner of the best club in the world. It’s a transition period, but we'll be up there challenging, and we can definitely mount a surge for top spot this season. I'd also like us to win the FA Cup or League Cup, but using just the young players. That'd be refreshing. My thoughts on the gaffer... I must admit, my opinion has changed on Roberto Di Matteo. Last season I was a sceptic and thought he was playing far too negatively – we couldn't hold on to the ball and weren't enjoyable to watch. But I soon ...
Ivanovic ban boost for Chelsea Chelsea have received a boost ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener against Wigan after learning defender Branislav Ivanovic will not serve a suspension. The Serbian was sent off for a studs-first challenge on compatriot Aleksandar Kolarov in the Blues' 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield. It was initially thought Ivanovic would be banned for three matches, beginning with the match at the DW Stadium. But it has been confirmed the FA changed their rules after an incident during an Amsterdam Tournament in 2006, when Manchester United duo Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney were sent off against Porto and had to serve three-match bans. The rule change relates to all non-competitive pre-season fixtures, including the Community Shield, leaving Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo free to select Ivanovic at the weekend. (Sky Sports)
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo was happy with the performance of Eden Hazard but believes all the players have a responsibility to fill the shoes of Didier Drogba.
English Premier League Live wrote: Roberto Di Matteo "confident" of Fernando Torres success "I was very happy with Fernando at the end of last season, He was brought in to be a fantastic striker and, hopefully, will be able to fit into our team and show his qualities." "The price tag comes with the fact he has been superb over the years for the teams he has played for, Liverpool and Spain. So we are very confid...
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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 manager Roberto Di Matteo is expected to name young Brazilian attacker Lucas Piazon in the club's 25-man Premier League list. The 18-year-old impressed during the pre-season tour to the United States.
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 ...
A first-half double from Romelu Lukaku sandwiched the introductory goals as the English outfit lost and then restored a two-goal advantage before the half-time whistle, with Fredy Montero netting both goals for the MLS club. In his first match as permanent manager, Roberto Di Matteo handed starts to new signings Hazard and Marin, with highly-rated duo Josh McEachran and Lukaku starting in midfield and up front respectively. And it was the latter pair who combined to give the Premier League side the lead after less than three minutes, as McEachran trotted through a backtracking Seattle midfield to send Lukaku through on goal. The Belgium international showed far superior strength to deal with lacklustre pressure from covering defender Jeff Parke before slotting past Bryan Meredith to put his side 1-0 up. It was not all plain-sailing though as Seattle could, and perhaps should, have levelled just five minutes later when Mauro Rosales took advantage of a poor punch by Chelsea goalkeeper Hilario to find space ...
The latest edition of Chelsea sees Roberto Di Matteo look forward to the start of the new campaign, as well as casting an eye back over a memorable three-month spell in charge during the second half of last season, culminating in both FA Cup and Champions League glory. With the new season fast approaching, we introduce a new-look magazine, complete with a whole host of new features for supporters of all ages, including '10 reasons why we love Chelsea', 'the Final Countdown' and 'Supporters' Dream Team'. The 2011/12 season is one the Italian is unlikely to forget in a hurry. Having started the campaign as assistant to Andre Villas-Boas, he ended it as the man in charge, having finally put an end to our quest for success in the Champions League, enhancing an already glowing reputation with the supporters from his playing days at Stamford Bridge. In football, however, as the new manager will testify, things change quickly, and impressive achievement though it was, that night in Munich is now in the past. The ...
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Marseille's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, is back in Chelsea's transfer plans, as Roberto Di Matteo continues his search for a new full-back. Chelsea have beaten off a host of Premier League clubs to sign 15-year-old AS Cannes defender George Brady, nephew of West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady.
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Roberto Di Matteo, an Italian, won the Champions League.. Roberto Mancini won the Premier League.. Guess its Italy's year
Giroud: I chose Arsenal over Chelsea because of Wenger The France international has finalised his transfer to the Emirates, but admitted he could have ended up at Stamford Bridge if manager Roberto Di Matteo "had known him" better By Karthick Arvinth Jun 27, 2012 8:24:00 AM Olivier Giroud has revealed for the first time that he turned down Chelsea to sign for Arsenal after claiming he harboured doubts over the prospect of working under Roberto Di Matteo. The France international completed his move to the Emirates from Montpellier on Monday for a reported fee of €15 million, after playing a key role in the Ligue 1 side's title-winning 2011-12 campaign. But Giroud, whose contract with Arsenal will commence on July 1, admitted the Gunners were not the only Premier League side to show a concrete interest in acquiring his services.  Giroud - Arsenal striker Fellow London outfit Chelsea have been scouring the market for a replacement for Didier Drogba and it has emerged that Roman Abramovich wanted to brin ...
Community Shield set for early kick-off The Community Shield between Premier League winners Manchester City and the FA Cup holders Chelsea on August 12 at 13:30BST. The game between Roberto Mancini's side, who sealed the title on the final day of last season, and Roberto Di Matteo's Champions League will be played at Villa Park, as Wembley is unavailable due to Olympic Games commitments. It will be second successive appearance in the traditional curtain-raiser for City, who lost 3-2 to United in the opening match of the 2011-12 season. Chelsea last appeared the year before, also losing to Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama has now fallen under the radar of English Premier League [EPL] side Chelsea FC.Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea’s Coach regards the Kenyan as the most appropriate replacement for Michael Essien, who has in the recent past been let down by recurring injury.
Harry Redknapp's sacking from Tottenham illustrates the 'circle of life' among Premier League managers this summer, with Kenny Dalglish also leaving while Roberto Di Matteo & Brendan Rodgers secure big jobs... Circle of life: Redknapp out of options after Tottenham as Di Matteo symbolises young man's game
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.
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Transfer Tata Fooo Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has told the club they should sign France international Yann M'Vila, 21, if they want to keep star striker Robin Van Persie. Chelsea's Champions League-winning caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo has emerged as a front-runner to take over as Aston Villa manager. Former West Ham star Tony Cottee wants the Hammers to sign Michael Owen on a free transfer, saying a proven Premier League goalscorer would be ideal for the top-flight newcomers while it would also excite the fans. Manchester City are firmly at the front of the queue to land Robin Van Persie, 28, if Arsenal are forced to sell their star striker.
Di Matteo in dark over future: Chelsea assistant Eddie Newton says he and Roberto Di Matteo remain completely in...
Chelsea: Proving that it’s easier to win the Champion’s League than to qualify for it. Chelsea defined the odds and won the 2012 Champion’s League Final. Who would’ve thought a squad that cost 500,000,000 pound could win it? Following their Champion’s League win, Chelsea fans have signed a 1 year extension to remain at the club. They had been strongly linked to Man City. Man City fans are now confused… Do they go back to the darker shade of blue? BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea sack boss, Roberto Di Matteo as he failed to win the Carling Cup. That Champions League Final was about as close as Bosingwa’s eyebrows! After going into extra time and then pens, that is the longest Frank Lampard has gone without eating. Frank Ribery is basically Gary Neville drawn by Picaso. Chelsea are a lot like Tevez. Refusing to play football in Munich. A man wearing a Nazi uniform was denied entry to Allianz Arena. Security was heard saying “Come on Mr Terry. We can’t let you in wearing that!” I’ve got a trial a ...
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This season's edition of the Champions League was one of the most unpredictable in recent history, as Chelsea fought against the odds to claim their first-ever trophy in Europe's elite tournament, and Goal.com looks back at the outstanding players from 2011-12. Starting between the posts, it was Petr Cech who saved the Blues on numerous occasions, most notably in the semi-finals as the Premier League side proved too stubborn to break down for favourites Barcelona. The Czech denied Messi and Co. over two legs as Roberto Di Matteo's team held on to reach the final. The goalkeeper impressed in the final as well as he denied Arjen Robben from the spot in extra time before coming up big in the penalty shootout to help his team to the trophy. At right-back, few were as effective as Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm. From the Group A opener against Villarreal to the final at the Allianz Arena, the full-back showed why he is considered among the world's best in his position and also displayed his attacking stren ...
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