Le Saux surprised by Di Matteo

Graeme Le Saux has admitted that he did not think former Chelsea teammate Roberto di Matteo would take the move into management and adapt to it so successfully.

The 43 year old played alongside the current interim Blues boss at Stamford Bridge and enjoyed a great relationship with the Italian, who has guided Chelsea back to winning ways since the dismissal of former boss Andre Villas-Boas. Di Matteo has already lifted one competition this season, with the FA Cup triumph over Liverpool, and has every chance of making it double success with a win over Bayern Munich in Saturday’s Champions League final. Le Saux revealed to A Different League that he was surprised at the move into coaching from Di Matteo, as well as the improvement in the Italian’s golf game, but has acknowledged what a great job his former teammate is doing.

“I never would have put money on Robbie (di Matteo) being a good manager. My explanation for that is that he left the game through a horrific injury, but having two or three years out seems to have got him to realise he had unfinished business. He obviously got the job at MK Dons, did very well at West Brom and now has turned the season around for Chelsea. Within six months, his CV has suddenly changed beyond recognition”, Le Saux stated.

Di Matteo is expected to recall Petr Cech to the starting line-up after resting him for the final home game of the season against Blackburn and Le Saux has placed the Czech international into the bracket of best goalkeepers in the world. Le Saux also heaped praise on Cech’s opposite number on Saturday, Manuel Neuer, and believes their contributions to their team’s European success has been massive.

Le Saux was talking at a Google+ Hangout at the UEFA Champions Festival in Munich.

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