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Di Matteo Sacked From Chelsea Post

Di Matteo has been sacked by Chelsea after last nights 3-0 defeat to Juventus. The decision has
been met by shock across the footballing world as just 6 months ago Di Matteo guided Chelsea to a European and FA Cup double. We all know that Abramovich lacks patents but surly this is a step to far?

Di Matteo took over as Chelsea manager with an objective to steady a sinking ship before a permanent replacement was found. In that three months the Italian guided Chelsea to an FA Cup win before a night that no Chelsea fan will forget in Munich when they won on penalties against Bayern. He got the job full time and went about rebuilding the squad. Chelsea finished 6th last season and were virtually out of the tittle race before Christmas. This year they are 3rd playing some of the most attractive football in the league and very much challenging for the league. But alas this was not deemed good enough for trigger happy Roman and Roberto Di Matteo was sacked.

So who will take the post now? It’s hardly an attractive post is it? Not even winning the Champions League in less than 3 months can guarantee your safety when going through a bad spell. Pep Guardiola has been named favourites by most bookies. But Guillem Balague has suggested that Pep is content on continuing with his sabbatical. Former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez has also been touted but again according to Balague he has not been approached by Chelsea.

It’s anyone’s guess as to who will be Roman Abramavich’s 9th manager as Chelsea owner.

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Chelsea’s Season: From AVB to the Champions League final via Roberto Di Matteo

The term ‘crazy season’ has been thrown about this season and rightly so, as it has been remarkable. From Swansea’s dynamic play to Liverpool’s cup runs and dismal league form and that’s before we mention the title race. Don’t forget Manchester United were 8 points clear with a month to go, City overturned the deficit but still needed the last kick of the season for the trophy to move across Manchester.

If there was one club’s campaign that could some up this crazy season it would probably be Chelsea’s, from apparent disaster to their best season ever.

So where did this epic journey begin? Well, it all started in Dublin, in a Europa League final between Porto and Braga. A young manager called Andre Villas-Boas steered Porto to their best ever campaign and was a manager who was itching to prove his skills at the top-level. Up step Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who just sacked his 6th different manager since buying the club.

Abramovich took a chance on the young Portuguese man and must have being hoping he could replicate the success of Chelsea’s former Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho. But it just wasn’t to be for AVB who seemed to lose the dressing room during the turn of the year and there was increase speculation that Frank Lampard would leave the club and up until Paul Scholes did a u-turn on his retirement it looked as if Lampard could end up a United player, something unthinkable looking back. Chelsea’s league form was suffering and looked set to be heading out of the Champions League itself in February after a 3-1 away defeat to Napoli. Abramovich then did what Abramovich does best, he sacked the struggling manager and back the dressing room. With no one in place to replace AVB, his former assistant Roberto Di Matteo took the reins until the end of the season as an interim manager.

The Robbie Revival: Roberto Di Matteo’s first task was not on the field but off it. He tried and succeeded in restoring harmony to the dressing room and by went back to the Chelsea old guard and reintroduced Drogba and Lampard to the starting a move that would richly pay off for the Italian. Chelsea somehow came through the Napoli game winning 4-1 (aet) and also continued their march towards Wembley. Di Matteo’s biggest scalp came in the form of a two-legged siege against defending European Champion’s Barcelona. A backs to the wall job, they also rode their luck at times with Barcelona missing a penalty and they also hit the woodwork on numerous occasions. But Chelsea went through to the final were they would be underdogs again, a role they relished in Europe this season. In the meantime Chelsea also found themselves in the F.A cup final, a trophy they dominated in recent years and they picked up their first trophy of the season with a 2-1 win over Liverpool. So all their was left to do was overcome Bayern in their own stadium the magnificent Allianz Arena.

Chelsea; Champions of Europe

How did Chelsea defeat the Germans? Well, they did it in a way that summed up their season. They had to defend for their lives for the most part went behind and looked destined to lose the prize they wanted the most. But for a Didier Drogba bullet header that took the game to extra time and penalties. Chelsea kept their nerve and it was the same man who got them to extra time that scored the winning penalty, Didier Drogba. A truly remarkable season for Chelsea and one that will never be forgotten by any football fan.

Here’s to many more incredible season and that the Euro’s can live up to the amazing expectation that this season has placed upon it.