ROBERTO DI MATTEO

  • I have no problem with the board: Rafael Benitez March 1, 2013

    London: Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez sought to build bridges and ease tensions on Friday, days after castigating hostile fans and aiming a swipe at club officials for his 'interim' job title. The Spaniard, routinely jeered by a section of Chelsea's support ever since he replaced the sacked Roberto Di Matteo...
  • Chelsea had to fire me to get results, says VillasBoas January 15, 2013

    Paris: Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre VillasBoas has admitted he made mistakes at Chelsea and that they were right to dismiss him after less than nine months in charge. The London club were fifth in the Premier League and had lost their Champions League last16 first leg 31 at Napoli when they...
  • Mourinho named 2012's best coach but future in doubt January 9, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was named as the best coach of 2012 by the Federation of Football History and Statistics (FFHS). Mourinho won a vote of specialist journalists Wednesday. Mourinho beat former Chelsea coach, Roberto di Matteo, who led the Premier League club to the Champions League title,...
  • Goalkeeper Cech happy with Chelsea back support December 28, 2012

    London: Chelsea have refound their defensive strength under interim manager Rafael Benitez, goalkeeper Petr Cech said on Friday. Chelsea have won their last three Premier League matches and kept four clean sheets since Benitez took over last month following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. "We look more organised. We were...
  • West Ham stun Chelsea 31 at home December 1, 2012

    London: Rafa Benitez's winless start as Chelsea manager worsened on Saturday as West Ham came from behind to beat their London rival 31 in the Premier League on Saturday. Juan Mata put Chelsea ahead in a fluent firsthalf performance, but the European champions collapsed after former striker Carlton Cole equalized...
  • Dropped Mata to give him rest: Benitez November 30, 2012

    London: Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez says the decision to drop playmaker Juan Mata to the bench for the dour 00 draw with Fulham on Wednesday was simply to give him a rest, and he will do the same with other players. Benitez has had a tough introduction from the Chelsea...
  • Chelsea should have named Redknapp, says Hudson November 22, 2012

    European champions Chelsea would have been better served putting former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp in charge rather than Rafael Benitez, according to former Stamford Bridge great Alan Hudson. Spaniard Benitez, 52, was appointed as interim manager on Wednesday following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo six months after the...
  • Mancini not afraid despite Champions League exit November 22, 2012

    Manchester: If Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners were as ruthless as Chelsea's Russian billionaire boss Roman Abramovich, then City coach Roberto Mancini would already be out a job following his side's elimination from the Champions League. Abramovich wasted no time on Wednesday sacking Italian Roberto Di Matteo three months after...
  • Rafa Benitez appointed as the new Chelsea manager November 22, 2012

    London: Chelsea have hired Rafa Benitez as interim manager until the end of the season, only hours after firing Roberto Di Matteo following the club's dip in form in the Premier League and Champions League title defense. The 52yearold Benitez becomes the ninth manager under Chelsea's Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, who...
  • Guardiola won't decide on future until early 2013 November 21, 2012

    Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, linked in the media with the Chelsea job after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, will not make any decision on his future until early next year, his agent said on Wednesday. "I was with him 15 days ago and he told me that before...
  • Champions League: European giants fail to impress November 5, 2012

    London: After one of the most unpredictable Champions League matchdays in years, some of Europe's big names have reputations to restore and ground to make up this week as the group stage approaches crunch time. While Manchester City already is in mustwin territory, AC Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Chelsea find...
  • Chelsea manager backs Mikel after beating United November 1, 2012

    London: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said he had no hesitation in starting John Obi Mikel in Wednesday's thrilling 54 League Cup last16 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Mikel had a strong match in the centre of Chelsea's midfield on Wednesday, before being withdrawn in the second half...
  • Fearful United travel to Chelsea for marquee clash October 28, 2012

    London: After impressive away wins at Arsenal and Tottenham, Chelsea can knock over an even bigger English Premier League rival when Manchester United visits Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the highestprofile match of the season so far. The European champions have won seven of their eight league matches to power into...
  • Ferguson's mind games don't always work: Di Matteo October 27, 2012

    Chelsea coach Roberto di Matteo says he's prepared enter mind games with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to maintain the advantage ahead of top of the table clash between the two sides at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Di Matteo revealed he would resort to fighting fire with fire if necessary...
  • Di Matteo expects Torres to take United unawares October 27, 2012

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has backed striker Fernando Torres ahead of Sundays Premier League tie against Manchester United. Torres, who joined Chelsea in January 2011 from Liverpool for 50m Pounds, hasnt been fully up to the mark despite a marked improvement in his game in the last few months. Fernando...
  • Chelsea's Lampard to miss Man United clash October 26, 2012

    London: Chelsea vicecaptain Frank Lampard will miss the crucial Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday due to the recurrence of calf injury which forced the midfielder to limp out of the clubs 12 Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. The 34yearold lasted only 15 minutes of...
  • Di Matteo issues warning to Shakhtar after shock loss October 24, 2012

    Donetsk: Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo issued a warning to Shakhtar Donetsk after the Ukrainians handed the Italian his first Champions League defeat as a coach on Tuesday. "We are very strong at home and it will be a different game back in London," Di Matteo told reporters after the holders went...
  • Roberto Di Matteo refuses to confirm Terry's captaincy October 19, 2012

    London: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo refused to confirm whether John Terry would remain as club captain, with his fourmatch domestic ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand due to start with Saturday's game against Tottenham Hotspur. Terry was banned for four matches and fined 220,000 pounds this month after an independent...
  • Mikel is Chelsea's unsung hero: Di Matteo October 15, 2012

    London: John Obi Mikel's value to Chelsea often goes unrecognised by the media and by fans of the European champions but manager Roberto Di Matteo says the Nigeria midfielder is one of the club's unsung heroes. Mikel occupies the anchor role just in front of the defence and gets only rare...
  • Ashley Cole in the soup for Twitter rant October 7, 2012

    London: Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will be disciplined by the club for his foulmouthed Twitter rant against the Football Association (FA), manager Roberto Di Matteo said on Saturday. Di Matteo told reporters after the 41 Premier League win over Norwich City that the England leftback would be punished by the...
  • Di Matteo says Chelsea players are not out of control October 5, 2012

    London: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo defended his players on Friday saying they were not out of control after Ashley Cole sent an insulting message on Twitter shortly after an FA inquiry criticised his evidence in the John Terry racism case. Cole, 31, responded to a report which explained why the...
  • EPL: David Luiz signs new deal with Chelsea September 23, 2012

    London: David Luiz has pledged his future to Chelsea by signing a new fiveyear deal and manager Roberto Di Matteo is confident contract negotiations with Ashley Cole will also reach a successful conclusion. Both players featured in Saturday's 10 home victory over Stoke City in the Premier League, left back Cole...
  • Di Matteo tightlipped on Oscar deal July 18, 2012

    London: Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo remained coy on continued speculation that the club are close to sealing a deal for Internacional playmaker Oscar. The Premier League club are understood to have had a 25 million (19.6m) offer already rejected by the Brazilian club, prompting president Giovanni Luigi to admit that...
  • Di Matteo keeps Chelsea transfer options open July 5, 2012

    London: Manager Roberto Di Matteo believes his Chelsea squad is strong enough to challenge for the Premier League title this season but is keeping an eye on the transfer market, he said on Wednesday. The Italian, who enjoyed FA Cup and Champions League glory last season, already has new signings in...
  • Di Matteo silent on Chelsea future after Munich May 21, 2012

    Munich: After leading Chelsea to the biggest trophy in club football, Roberto di Matteo's future as manager of the London club is still in doubt. Di Matteo had a conversation with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich after the team's penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday,...
  • Make Di Matteo fulltime coach: Chelsea players May 20, 2012

    Munich: Chelsea players made it clear they wanted Roberto Di Matteo to be given the coach's job fulltime after the Italian's whirlwind three months in charge ended with the Champions League trophy the prize owner Roman Abramovich had craved the most. A 43 penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich on...
  • 'No penalties please in Champions League final' May 19, 2012

    Munich: Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has issued a plea ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea: No more penalties please.Bayern won a penalty shootout to eliminate Real Madrid in the semifinals and did the same in the German Cup semis against Borussia Moenchengladbach. Heynckes joked on Friday that a...