Roberto Di Matteo sacked by Chelsea after Champions League defeat against Juventus
Chelsea have sacked Roberto Di Matteo and are set to announce his replacement shortly.
The Italian has been dismissed following last night’s 3-0 defeat to Juventus in Turin. The club is now in danger of becoming the first Champions League holders to fall at the group stage.
Chelsea are now considering turning to either Avram Grant or Rafael Benítez as their temporary manager. Owner Roman Abramovich wants Pep Guardiola, the former Barcelona manager, to take up the helm at Stamford Bridge permanently, although the in-demand Spaniard is currently on a year-long sabbatical.
In a statement, Chelsea said: “Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with manager Roberto Di Matteo.
“The team’s recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the Board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season.
“The club faces a difficult task ahead in qualifying for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as well as maintaining a strong challenge for the top of the Premier League while competing in three other cup competitions. Our aim is to remain as competitive as possible and challenge strongly on all fronts.
By Telegraph Sport
Posted on November 21, 2012, in Sports and tagged Avram Grant, Chelsea FC, Premier League, Rafael Benítez, Roberto Di Matteo, Roman Abramovich, Stamford Bridge, Uefa Champions league. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.