Many people have heaped praise on Roberto Di Matteo for his work with Chelsea in the FA Cup and Champions League this season, but his Premier League record if compared is worse than his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas.
When Villas-Boas was sacked after the West Brom game, Chelsea were in 5th position in the league and three points behind 4th placed Arsenal as they pursued for a Champions League spot. Now, 10 matches later, they are 6th in the table and out of reckoning in the Premier League, five points behind away with just one game to play and simply now they must win the Champions League final in Munich, if they wish to play in Europe’s elite club competition next season.
Di Matteo’s success has been the club’s extraordinary form in the cup competitions. Their FA Cup final win over Liverpool and the victory over the mighty Barcelona against-all-odds in the Champions League as been built on the clubs old defensive strengths. If they win the Champions League final in Munich against Bayern Munich, it could be enough to secure Di Matteo a permanent job at the Bridge, but a defeat to the hosts might provide a necessary reality check if the Blues want to avoid following in Liverpool’s footsteps and become a cup side.