By Nesha Starcevic -- MUNICH -- After leading Chelsea to thebiggest trophy in club soccer, Roberto Di Matteo's future asmanager of the London club is still in doubt. Di Matteo had a conversation with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovichafter the team's penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in theChampions League final Saturday, but he would not disclose what hediscussed with the Russian billionaire. What was discussed with the boss we don't disclose publicly, DiMatteo said after Chelsea lifted the title for the first time. Helooked very happy. The only thing I know is that I am capable of going on holiday,it's been a challenging three months, he added. |
Whatever the future holds for me I'd be happy, whatever the clubdecides I'll respect it. Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes knew what he'd do if he were inAbramovich's position. If I were the owner, I'd give him a three-year contract, Heynckes said after the match. Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, but the London club had beenunable to win the Champions League until Di Matteo's brief andofficially temporary tenure. The Italian-born, 41-year-old Di Matteo took over when AndreVillas-Boas was fired following a 3-1 loss to Napoli in the roundof 16 in March.
Nobody could have predicted this, the last three months, tofinish like this is incredible. Football is like life,unpredictable and crazy, he said. It's a great achievement. Chelsea also won the FA Cup, but finished sixth in the PremierLeague. By winning the Champions League Chelsea has qualified fornext season's competition.
It's a huge difference, we've always said that playing in theChampions League was crucial, Di Matteo said. I don't know whatthe future holds, it's the first time we won and it's a verydifficult competition to win. Di Matteo praised the passion and heart of his players,especially after Bayern went ahead in the 83rd minute throughThomas Mueller, before Didier Drogba equalized in the 88th. Going into extra time, we had a good feeling, Di Matteo said. With four players suspended and two defenders racing against timeto overcome injuries, it was not ideal preparation for aChampions League final.
Drogba's contract ends next month and he could also be on the wayout. It's a conversation the club will have with the player. He's beena fantastic server of the club for eight years. But it was a greatteam effort tonight, Di Matteo said.
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