Chelsea players made it clear
they wanted Roberto Di Matteo to be given the coach's job
full-time 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 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich on the
Germans' home ground after a 1-1 draw following extra time was
the culmination of a stunning sequence of results.
Chelsea's first European Cup looked highly improbable when
they trailed 3-1 to Napoli after a last-16 first leg but Di
Matteo took over from the sacked Andre Villas-Boas and
masterminded a comeback against the Italians and then wins over
Benfica and, heroically, holders Barcelona.
Asked if Di Matteo should now get the full-time job, captain
John Terry told ITV on Saturday: "Look at that trophy. We hope
so. Robbie has been fantastic since he came in.
"It was a superb display from the whole squad. When our
backs are against the wall we step up to the mark."
Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who saved Arjen Robben's penalty in
extra time after Didier Drogba had equalised Thomas Muller's
goal in the 90 minutes, echoed Terry's view of the former
"Whatever happens to him, he has got two fantastic cups. He
has done enough to get the job but that is for the board to
decide," said the Czech, pointing out Di Matteo also helped
Chelsea beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final earlier this month.
Captain for the night Frank Lampard said Di Matteo had
helped turn the club's flagging season around.
"It is not a question for this moment. He took us from a
struggling team maybe going out of the Champions League and now
we have won it, so just look at that," Lampard said.
The Londoners finished sixth in the Premier League, their
worst placing for a decade, but the Champions League triumph
ensured they would make next season's top European competition.
Media reports have linked Chelsea with former England
manager Fabio Capello and neither Di Matteo and Abramovich have
spoken publicly about the future.
"I'm enjoying this moment. I won't talk about it now,"
former Chelsea midfielder Di Matteo said.
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