Man Utd boss Ferguson insists pressure remains on Chelsea

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that rather than ease the pressure on Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, the club’s victory in the Champions League last season will make the Italian’s life at Stamford Bridge more difficult as owner Roman Abramovich pushes for further success, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Ferguson suggested that the victory in Europe is unlikely to leave Abramovich satisfied. Rather, claimed the experienced Scot, the win over Bayern Munich is most likely to spur Abramovich on to demand more results of that kind.

I think that probably the owner has his enthusiasm back, after winning the Champions League, Ferguson said, adding: “I think there will be more expectation from him now. It’s the trophy they always wanted to win and he’s invested in the team again.

This summer Abramovich has sanctioned a number of new signings, with Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard moving to Chelsea after turning down the advances of a number of other Premier League clubs. Hazard is joined by Germany international Marko Marin.

Ferguson added that Manchester United always respect Chelsea when the two sides meet but declined to predict how the Blues would fare this season, insisting that it depended on how the likes of Hazard settled in to life at their new club.

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