Di Matteo backs Villas-Boas and denies FA Cup is last chance of success

Chelsea’s assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo has spoken to The Guardian about the current season being one of transition for the club, and that he doesn’t believe that to be a bad thing at all. Di Matteo also gave his backing to manager Andre Villas-Boas whose position is under pressure following a disappointing first half of the season.

The Italian said of the pressure on Villas-Boas’ shoulders: “If you’re working at a big club you know that [pressure] comes with that criteria, so I don’t think he’s surprised. I think he’s dealing very well with it.”

Chelsea face Portsmouth in the FA Cup later today and Di Matteo told of how the trophy is not the club’s only chance of silverware, but it is one they will take seriously: “At the moment we are in three competitions and it’s one of them. We’re going to play a strong side [against Portsmouth] because we want to win this game on Sunday.”

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